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Heron Hall Academy, Enfield

Completion Date September 2016

Contract Value £17m

Client Willmott Dixon / Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT)

Heron Hall Academy included the refurbishment and remodelling of an unoccupied, partly derelict 1930’s Grade II listed technical college building for new use as a secondary school.
Through careful and considered analysis of the existing buildings, ArchitecturePLB developed a design proposal that made the previously unaffordable project viable. Our solution retained and restored the majority of the original listed building but identified poor quality buildings, including large single-storey engineering workshops not ideally suited for school use, for replacement with a new three-storey teaching wing. This proposal, while inherently more costly, released more land for residential development and was thus self-funding, allowing new, purpose-built accommodation for dining and specialist teaching. The new wing is sensitively designed to reflect and respond to the original Scandinavian-influenced art-deco buildings. Materials including brick and ceramic tile were chosen to complement the original fabric, while ribbon windows were used to reflect the proportions and horizontal emphasis of the adjacent listed building. The conversion has rescued a high quality listed building from dereliction and decay, providing a valuable new community facility which has a viable long term future.

Photography by Craig Auckland / Fotohaus