The London Schools Board building is located in a residential area, protected by a conservation order to preserve its Victorian character. At that time the School was in Special Measures and with changes in the education curriculum, the aging Victorian building has been increasingly unable to adapt to the demands on management and training that this brings. The new accommodation comprises reception, administrative and child support facilities at entrance level. The upper level comprises a general staff room with an adjoining senior leadership room.
The choice of copper as a cladding material appealed to us as it has a natural weathering characteristic which is in keeping with and sympathetic to its context of London stock brick. At the same time, its surface is able to reflect light in varying weather conditions producing an ever changing patina. This effect provides a contrast which assists in the delineation between new and old. Traces of the Victorian façade, its string courses and panelling, are brought through the new brass envelope as joint lines to provide a further harmonious and ordering geometry, as shown on the sketches.
With input from TECU we developed a uniquely detailed hybrid facade system between a traditional hand worked metal facade and the modern TECU shingle system; inlayed strips of oxid horizontally and oxid top-hat sections vertically manifest the grid on the finished facade.
Specialist copper contractor - Roles Broderick
Main contractor - Fredereck Sage