Construction commences on the Torriano Junior School Gatehouse in Camden
A new gatehouse to Torriano Junior School in Camden, north London, has just started on site. On 1st March, Hilife Construction Company began works on site to create a new entrance building to the school, which will include music facilities. The Gatehouse will provide a flexible space in which pupils and adults will be able to learn, work and play.
The £500,000 project was granted planning approval in August 2009 after development in consultation with the school, parents, and local people. The 200 sq m building aims to further community partnerships by increasing the range of activities offered by extended services at the school. Pupils will gain from extra space for creative work and new music facilities.
Due for completion in time for the new academic year in September 2010, the gatehouse design celebrates the original Victorian school building. A double form roof, allowing for an exciting and naturally-ventilated upper hall, reflects the original building's strong symmetry. Curving brick walls below invite visitors into the school, while windows peeping over the boundary wall allow passers by a glimpse of life inside.