Pimlico School

Greater London Council Department of Architecture and Civic Design, London, 1970


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  • The Brutalist design was controversial throughout its existence    
  • View from across the road    
  • Staircase at northwest corner of site    
  • South facade    
  • North elevation across rooflights over workshop area    
  • The sports pitches    
  • School from south east with sports pitches    
  • School with St Saviour Church in background    
  • Looking west along the concourse    
  • Gymnasium    
  • Classsroom    
  • Library    
  • Assembly hall    
  • The building was demolished during the summer of 2010    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First and second floor plan    
  • Section through assembly hall    
  • Detailed section through side wall and roof glazing    
  • Plan detail of double glazing between rooms    
  • Detailed section through sloping glazing    

Comprehensive school for 1,725 boys and girls

The main element of the school runs nearly the full length of the rectangular site dividing it longitudinally into two open spaces. The subsidiary element is a single storey workshop block on the north side.

A concourse runs the length of the school at street level (first floor level in the school). Circulation from the two upper floors, including the sixth form and the floor below, feeds into this concourse and is scaled to the traffic using it.

Two large gymnasia and a large covered indoor swimming pool compensate for the lack of play space. The school library is placed centrally and a large hall is provided for drama, music and to allow two year groups, around 600 pupils, to meet together. Social space is in the form of houserooms..

In-situ reinforced concrete using a lightweight aggregate was used for the bulk of the structure, with lightweight concrete blocks used for non-load bearing partitions.

The demolition of the school in 2008 made way for the new Pimlico Academy, with the final stage completed in the summer of 2010.


  • Completed: 1970
  • Floor area: 12,553m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £957,905
  • Address: Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT, United Kingdom

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