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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Graveney School Sixth Form Block in Tooting, London by Urban Projects Bureau

 
April 30th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Urban Projects Bureau

UPB have worked with Graveney School on a number of projects and ventures and the Sixth Form Block is the result of a positive collaboration between the school staff, students and the design team. Post-BSF, UPB submitted a range of potential projects for funding bids, and were successful in securing an Academies Capital Maintenance Fund for a new Sixth Form Block to the rear of the school site. The building provides valuable extra teaching, study and events spaces for sixth form students, and makes a positive contribution to Graveney’s campus and host of fine architectural buildings.

Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

  • Architects: Urban Projects Bureau
  • Project: Graveney School Sixth Form Block
  • Location: Tooting, London
  • Photography: Kilian O’Sullivan
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • CLIENT: Graveney Trust
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Furness Partnership
  • CDM COORDINATOR: MorganCarr

    Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

    Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

  • FORM OF CONTRACT OR PROCUREMENT ROUTE: Design & Build
  • QS: MorganCarr
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: Approx £1.04 million
  • CONSTRUCTION COST PER m2: £1, 275 /m2
  • GROSS INTERNAL FLOOR AREA: 698 m2
  • START ON SITE: February 2014
  • COMPLETION: October  2014
Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

The rules of the funding meant that the building had to be delivered on tight schedule and budget, with a target cost per sqm way below the current guidelines. The school considered buying an off-the-peg, prefabricated block, but were unconvinced about the quality of accommodation it would provide. Also, being situated behind the Grade 2 listed Furzedown House, meant that generic prefabricated buildings would be difficult to get through planning. UPBs brief was to provide an intelligent and spatially innovative alternative within the time and cost constraints.

Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

The 800sqm building includes 8 classrooms and a double-height independent study space with balconies and gallery. It is constructed from Cross Laminated Timber and has a polycarbonate front facade with window openings designed to frame views across the campus and surrounding trees.

Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

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The building creates an inspiring and stimulating environment for sixth form students to study and socialize in. With little budget for expensive materials or interior finishes, the tectonics and construction of the building – its CLT frame, panels, cladding and openings – are what shapes the building and gives it a strong, robust and contemporary identity.

Image Courtesy © Kilian O’Sullivan

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The design aims to achieve the maximum architectural output out of minimal means, and is the product of the combined perseverance, will and ambition of the client and design team to achieve something unexpected.

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