Financial close for redevelopment project at Deptford Green School, Lewisham
Financial close has been reached for the financing, design and construction of the redeveloped Deptford Green School, which was designed by Watkins Gray International for Costain Ltd and the Learning 21 LEP.
Located in New Cross, South East London, the £27m new build project, which is part of Lewisham‘s BSF programme, will create a 11,600 sq m school able to accommodate 1300 pupils, including accommodation for 25 children with dyslexia. The facility will replace an existing three storey Victorian school building.
The design features include larger than standard classrooms offering flexible teaching formats, the organisation of the majority of teaching spaces into four distinct learning zones aimed at the different student age groups, and a dining area that is part of the social and circulation space which is central to the school.
Central to the design concept are energy efficient systems and installations, including solar shading to windows, high levels of thermal insulation, and use of energy recovery systems, with heating provided by a bio-mass boiler. The school will achieve 60% carbon reduction, and is aiming for a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Roy Caddick, partner at Watkins Gray International, commented: “The new design for Deptford Green School responds to its urban and social context providing an open and inviting building within the heart of the community, at the same time creating a state of the art, flexible teaching environment for 21st Century Learning.”
Planning consent was granted by the London Borough of Lewisham earlier this year, and the school is expected to be completed by July 2012.