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Streatham & Clapham High School

Streatham & Clapham High School

Education & Public Sector

Location: London
Architect: Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture
Client/Owner: Girls’ Day School Trust
Structural Engineer: Engineers HRW
Main Contractor: Rooff Limited
Joinery/Wood Supplier: KLH-UK
Services Engineer: OR Consulting Engineers
Wood Species: Austrian spruce

The project uses timber as a primary material to provide spaces that are transformative yet complementary to the original 1930’s building. The first phase provided a new sixth form centre within a rooftop pavilion over the main body of the school. The newly completed second phase comprises a ground floor extension featuring a new dining hall and school entrance. Both extensions are characterised by the use of exposed timber. CLT was used to minimise disruption to a working school. The use of 3D modelling facilitated the construction of the complex forms and offered technical, cost and sustainability advantages. The building was carefully detailed to maximise the versatility of the material both in terms of structure and appearance. The CLT panels form a textured, warm backdrop to all the spaces, whilst the curved glulam columns mimic the trees outside.