Gatehouse School

London E2

Completion: Ongoing

Client: Gatehouse School


The Team:


James Felstead

Ian Givin

Jeremy Giacomini


The expansion of an existing school building to provide a series of new facilities, including a performance space, catering facilities and fifteen additional classrooms.

The scheme will enable the school to increase its intake from a two-form to a three-form entry. Further improvements will be made to the existing facilities including new catering facilities, enabling the school to provide hot meals for all pupils for the first time.

Originally built in 1901, the building was made up of two large three-storey towers at either end (East and West), providing a distinctive ‘bookend’ typology. The volume between these consists of the main hall, which remains the focal point of the school today. The building has undergone a series of modifications over the years, partly as a response to changing requirements but more significantly as a result of bomb damage during WWII.

CGL’s proposal seeks to reference and reinstate aspects of the original building volume by providing an additional three storeys of accommodation to the East, with each storey providing three classrooms. A single storey extension above the main hall will accommodate a flexible performance space and a single storey above the existing nursery to the South will accommodate further additional classrooms; all of which are essential facilities for the school and its growth.

The appearance of the new extension will provide a simple, clean, contrasting element against the complexity of the existing school. This will establish a unifying relationship through proportion and form. The proposals deliberately seek to differentiate themselves from the original building fabric while retaining a consistent overall design. The new extension will be constructed from light coloured, smooth textured GRC, with all new elevations set back from the original brickwork, providing clearly legible layers of construction. 

On behalf of Gatehouse School, CGL has taken the project from feasibility in May 2015 to receiving planning consent in January 2016, with the proposal to be constructed over two phases. Phase 1 was successfully completed in August 2016 and Phase 2 is now underway, due for final completion in August 2017. The proposal will also aim to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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