Michael Faraday Community School

Alsop Sparch, Archial, London, 2010


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The school has a tough but friendly appearance 

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  • The school has a tough but friendly appearance    
  • Exterior and interior play space    
  • Exterior cladding was designed to be exciting for children    
  • The interior and exterior spaces are visually linked to make the school feel more open    
  • The central     
  • A balcony used as circulation overlooks the main central space, combining the two stories into one whole    
  • Pupils use the central     
  • Corridor between central     
  • Classrooms are open and allow for optimum daylighting    
  • The school still has a visual impact at night    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Short section    
  • Long section    
  • Fixing of fins to balcony edge    
  • Handrail and fin bracket detail    

Nursery, primary school, adult education and community facilities arranged over two levels on one site

The Michael Faraday Community school is a flagship project for the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate, the largest social housing complex in Europe.

The main building classrooms are arranged around a large open-plan learning environment at the heart of the school. A continuous external balcony provides external teaching spaces to the upper classrooms and also provides cover to the outdoor learning spaces at ground level.

The school grounds are extensively landscaped providing hard and soft play areas together with growing gardens, natural habitat and a 'Dry River Bed'. An all weather sports pitch will be shared with the local community and bore holes beneath the pitch will form the Ground Source Heat Pump that contributes to the building achieving a BREEAM very good rating.


  • Begun: Aug 2009
  • Completed: Sep 2010
  • Floor area: 1,300m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £8.1M
  • Procurement: GC WORKS/1 1998
  • Address: Michael Faraday Community School, Portland Street, London, SE17 2HR, United Kingdom

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