Stoke Newington SchoolEdit profile
Stoke Newington School is a successful inner city secondary school with a specialism in Media, Arts and Science and is part of the London Borough of Hackney, Building Schools for the Future programme. The original building suffered from long term neglect, including poor ventilation, confusing circulation and limited disabled access. The design of the new and refurbished building provides modern and flexible learning spaces with a strong emphasis on design quality, innovation and sustainability. The new entrance building consists of a bold, three storey block with a secure and welcoming entrance and landscaped entrance plaza. The design has provided improved and clearly defined circulation routes with a central ‘street’ running through the centre of the plan, which simplifies the understanding of the existing building layout. The building has been designed to integrate sympathetically with the existing Brutalist architecture and to provide a contemporary feel. The cladding to the new entrance building is made of striking Cor Ten steel panels, which provide robustness and complement the red brick and bush-hammered concrete of the original school building. The elevation features elegant offset strip windows raised above black glazed brick at the entrance. The design of the school is expected to receive a BREEAM rating of ‘Good’. The windows are high performance in terms of thermal loss and solar admittance, and unglazed areas are highly insulated to limit solar heat gain and retain naturally generated heat. Natural ventilation has been used with passive night-time cooling, daylight responsive lights and a highly efficient services installation.