School House Cafe

Trevor Brown Architect, London, 2012


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School House Cafe 

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  • School House Cafe    
  • Ramped Access    
  • Front Room    
  • Servery    
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Conversion of a Victorian terrace house to create a cafe and teaching space

The School House Cafe has been set up by Spa School to provide work experience for its pupils all of whom have a diagnosis of autism. The Cafe is open to the public and the children assist with the running of the business.

A stand alone Victorian terrace house on the school’s site was converted to create the Cafe at ground floor and a flat at first floor, which is used to teach life skills to the older pupils.

The ground floor layout was devised to provide two types of work experience. At the front of the building an open-plan Servery was proposed for children who will benefit from engaging with customers, while at the rear an isolated Preparation Kitchen provides work experience for children to who require minimal contact with the general public.

New ramped access is provided from the street, across the front garden which also accommodates seating.


  • Begun: Jul 2012
  • Completed: Oct 2012
  • Floor area: 109m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £62,521
  • Tender date: May 2012
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works Building Contract
  • Address: Spa School, Monnow Road, London, SE1 5RN, United Kingdom

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  • Commercial Kitchen Supplier: Cucina