Hampden Gurney School
A modern school with facilities for 240 pupils and an additional residential development on the former play area to replace a 1950s building
A city centre school and residential scheme, Hampden Gurney School reaches over six levels — comprising a ground floor nursery, three floors of classrooms and a rooftop teaching room.
An additional 6,000m2 residential scheme delivers 52 apartments. To ‘reclaim’ land lost to housing, a covered play areas was created on every level of the school — each open to the air and separated from teaching zones by a bridge across a light well.
A steel frame and an arched truss covered by a tensile roof create a large column-free space on the fourth floor. The outer envelope is made from brick and glass, while balustrading forms the curve of the playdecks.
- Begun: 2002
- Completed: 2003
- Floor area: 3,400m2
- Sector: Education
- Total cost: £18M
- Address: Nutford Place, Marleyborn, London, W1H 5HA, United Kingdom
- Architect: BDP
- Project architects: Ann Marsh, Charles Broughton, Dominic Church, Gareth Jones, Helen Maudslay, John Toovey, Keith Papa, Paul Gibbins, Ray Springer, Susanna Dobson, Tony McGuirk
- Client: Jarvis, Holloway White Allom Ltd
- Structural engineer: BDP
- Lighting design: BDP
- Quantity surveyor: BDP
- M&E consultant: Excelsior Services