BHM were engaged to undertake a space audit and gap analysis as part of an emerging development plan for City of London Academy Southwark. The Academy’s roll was increasing, particularly in the sixth form to the extent that the existing building and site would imminently by unable to satisfactory accommodate the learning requirements of the student population. This study suggested the creating a local satellite facility for the sixth form cohort, as offering the best value solution.
A local development opportunity was identified, on the lower floors of a new residential block within the demise of a mixed-use development on a former scrapyard on Rotherhithe New Road.
The shell-and-core of the building was provided by the developer. BHMs appointment was to take the project from RIBA Stage 3. Acting as lead designer for the category A and B fit-out of c. 2,500m2 of open-plan floorspace creating a series of flexible activity-based learning and resource spaces over three levels, for up to 300 Post-16 students, in class groups of between 12 and 30 students, with specialist teaching continuing to be delivered in the existing academy building