A £29 million project to create new facilities for Burntwood School for Girls is making great progress.
The project – which is being implemented by Wandsworth Council LEA and Lend Lease – comprises the construction of new educational buildings and the refurbishment of two existing buildings, as well as a new landscaping scheme across the entire site. A number of existing, outdated buildings are also being demolished as part of the project.
The new buildings include a sports block, performing arts building, business studies department, a maths and science block and an art, technology and communications department. Once work is complete on the project the new buildings will provide education for more than 200 pupils.
Lend Lease is the main contractor on the Burntwood School for Girls project, whilst Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is the architect. Lend Lease is a listed property group management and construction company, with projects worldwide, whilst Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is a London-based practice who complete work on a range of projects, from healthcare and education, to residential and conservation.
Buro Happold is the structural and civil engineer and Mott MacDonald Fulcrum is the mechanical and electrical engineer and the acoustic and security consultant.
Kinnear Landscape Architects is providing all architectural landscaping services on the Burntwood School for Girls project. The Ecology Consultancy is the ecology consult and Morag Mysercough/Studio Myerscough is the environmental designer.
Planning permission was granted for the Burntwood School for Girls project by Wandsworth Planning Application Committee in early 2011 and work began later the same year. Funding for the project was made available by the previous Labour Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme.
Prior to work starting on the project, the school campus comprised a collection of buildings that were developed in the post-war period by local authority architects. Of the original buildings, the main assembly hall and pool building have been retained.
The first building to be completed on the project was the new gym, which was opened by former Olympic javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson in February 2012.
Opened in 1986 – with buildings dating back to 1958 – Burntwood School for Girls is recognised as a Science Specialist School, having previously achieved prestigious awards including Sportsmark and Artsmark Gold. The school has an existing and successful science specialism, which has resulted in links being forged between other schools in the borough and with St. Georges’ Hospital.
As part of Burntwood’s current building programme students have been working with award winning graphic designer Morag Myerscough to rework the school’s logo. Morag is now taking the ideas presented by pupils to develop a fresh new look for the school, which will incorporate the colours of the new buildings.
For more information on Burntwood School for Girls, please visit: www.burntwoodschool.com.