Clapton Portico Learning Centre

Brady Mallalieu Architects, London, 2005


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Entrance view from Linscott Road 

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  • Entrance view from Linscott Road    
  • Front view showing existing portico and new rear addition    
  • View of new centre through colonnade    
  • End of colonnade with new centre in background    
  • View from south    
  • Rear view    
  • New stair and landings within the existing portico structure    
  • Site location plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Upper ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Side Elevation    
  • Detail through facade    

Restoration, conversion and extension of a grade II listed structure with an extension to provide a resource centre providing IT training facilities

The learning centre was added onto the back of the original portico structure which was retained as an entrance. Louvres cover the principal elevations combining solar shading functions with added security for the equipment inside the building and a lighter, layered surface compared to the Portico.

The Portico is all that remains of the London Orphans Asylum built in 1827 which was converted in 1880 into the Salvation Army Congress Hall. The other buildings were demolished in 1976 and the Portico retained as a townscape feature. This had fallen into disrepair and the Grade II listed structure was on the Buildings at Risk register.


  • Begun: Mar 2004
  • Completed: Jul 2005
  • Floor area: 756m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £1.9M
  • Funding: Heritage Lottery Grant
  • Tender date: Dec 2003
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Clapton Portico Learning Centre, Linscott Rd, Hackney, London, E5 0RD, United Kingdom

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