Penwortham shortlisted for design award

Published: Wednesday 4th May 16

Penwortham School has officially opened its new building, which has already been shortlisted for a design award.

The school in Tooting is expanding to make space for an additional reception class and the new building has been created specifically for year 6 pupils.

Students celebrate at the official opening

It’s been shortlisted along with five other London education buildings in the Local Authority Building Control Regional Awards. The final will be held at the Guildhall on May 13. The new building includes three classrooms, two of which form a larger room for assemblies and other activities, a multi-purpose room, WCs and a plant room.

The area between the new building and the rest of the school has been landscaped, including seats and plants, to provide a new outdoor space for students.

The building was designed by the council’s design service with ecology and sustainability in mind, including a green roof and windows that let in lots of natural light and help to naturally regulate the temperature.

It was designed by Sally Fletcher from the council’s Design Service and built on behalf of the council by contractor H A Marks.

Headteacher Sandie Andrews said: We are extremely proud of our stunning year 6 building and love the inspiring contemporary design, which is full of light and personal touches - making it a spacious and fantastic learning space for our pupils.”  

The school’s students also like their new building. Comments included “I like the automatic windows so they open when we are getting hot,” “It’s quieter for SATs to help us concentrate,” and “It’s great that Year 6 get our own building and we don’t have to share it.” 

Other school buildings in the borough that have won design awards recently include Graveney School’s new sixth form block, and multiple awards for Burntwood School including the Stirling Prize.

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