The small 'inner city' state school caters for 900 girls and had less than 5% of required outdoor space, no dedicated gym, no refectory and zero accessibility for the disabled.
Expansion through the purchase of neighbouring sites was restricted due to the location of the school in the heart of the most expensive real estate in the UK.
The proposal was therefore to locate the PE/Drama facility below the existing playground and to construct a new classroom block.
The underground facility opens onto a lower courtyard which provides daylight, and fresh air and dispels the typical negative impressions of below ground development.
Both buildings were designed as low energy buildings using conventional environmental systems.
Although primarily concerned with providing additional facilities the project re-orientates the campus and for the first time provides disabled access.