Clapton Girls` Technology CollegeEdit profile
Clapton Girls’ Technology College is a successful inner city secondary school with Specialist Technology status, and is part of Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future programme. Consisting of 40 per cent new buildings and 60 per cent refurbished buildings, the design provides an enhanced physical environment with particular respect to the historic architectural features of the original Edwardian “Pankhurst” Building on the site. Most notably the grand staircase has been restored and the entrance hall transformed to provide a much more welcoming a generous space. The design resolves overcrowding and circulation problems by successfully strengthening movement between the new and existing buildings. The use of warm and contemporary natural materials such as brick, timber and glass to the new build elements are sympathetic and respectful to the existing buildings. Elegant solar shading has been designed to the new build façades, to echo the horizontal projections of the existing dormer windows of the main Edwardian building. Sustainable features have been used throughout the design including highly insulated walls, integrated solar protection, exposed thermal mass, natural ventilation, sedum roofs and daylight responsive lights. As a result, the design of the school has been awarded a BREEAM rating of ‘Good’.