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Historic school reaches new heights

Architects Pozzoni complete £2 million extension to the Grey Coat Hospital in London

Posted by Stephanie Broad | December 15, 2015 | Facilities & buildings

A project to extend the Grey Coat Hospital has helped the popular 300 year-old school accommodate an increasing demand for pupil spaces and to increase its sixth form provision by 10%. The Grey Coat Hospital is spread across two sites and it was the St. Michael’s Buildings on Regency Street that was used by year 10, 11 and sixth form students that benefitted from the extension. 

Pozzoni worked closely with the school and consultants, HUSH Project Management throughout the renovation. The contractor was Sharkey.

Gareth King, associate in Pozzoni’s education team who led the project, said: “A number of design options were considered to accommodate the additional space that was required by the school. However, the most efficient solution was to build a 6,100 sq ft single storey extension on top of the existing sports hall.

“We wanted more than just a standard roof which resulted in the production of a versatile design that incorporates external terraces that can be used by the students, as well as grass spaces to add to the biodiversity in the area. The roof profile is also modulated to enable North lights to be incorporated in to the design to provide light into the new areas, whilst also ensuring privacy for the residents that live opposite.”

The additional space on top of the sports hall has created a designated sixth form study area and breakout space as well as two new classrooms, each suitable for up to 30 pupils and a staff office.

Siân Maddrell, head teacher of The Grey Coat Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our sixth form such a wonderful space as well classrooms from which all will benefit. The project was funded in part from legacies from former pupils, for which we are very grateful.”

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