The Concrete Society has announced the shortlist for 2013, with the good news that Dagenham Park Church of England School is included in the Education Building category. Now in their 45th year, the Concrete Society Awards are the longest running construction awards in the UK. Winning schemes will be announced in November.
The Bishop of Chelmsford – the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell – officially opened Dagenham Park Church of England School last Friday. He’s pictured here with Simon Weaver – the school’s Head Teacher – and a bunch of merry onlookers who enjoyed an evening of ceremonial proceedings and student performances. One of the final BSF projects to be delivered, Dagenham Park School is three-storey split-levelled volume organised around a brightly-lit central atrium with large-scale graphics and accent colours. It has been open to students since April.
Read more about the project here
We have three projects shortlisted in this year’s WAF Awards:
Number One Oxford Street - Future Projects; Mixed Use
240 Blackfriars - Future Projects; Office
Dagenham Park Church of England School - Completed Buildings; Schools
The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe. This year, the festival will take place in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 3rd - 5th October when the awards will be announced.
Dagenham Park Church of England School has been completed and opened to students. One of the last schools built under the Building Schools for the Future programme, the project was delivered by Laing O'Rourke as an exemplar of their Design for Manufacturing and Assembly strategy. Read more about the scheme in The Guardian.
Since opening, Dagenham Park School has already been shortlisted for a BCI Award in the Building Project of the Year (£3m to £50m) category to be announced on 10th October.
Graphics are currently going up at Dagenham Park Church of England School for clients Laing O'Rourke. The Map is designed by Morag Myerscough and fabricated by Luke Morgan.
The school is a three storey teaching building at the centre of the existing site, within a masterplan and landscape strategy that will create a campus with a strong identity and community presence.
Read about the making of the map on Morag's Supergroup blog.
Work at Dagenham Park Church of England School reached a construction milestone on 8th July when the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham joined us and their LEP partner Laing O’Rourke in marking the ‘topping out’ on site.
The project involves a new 10,500 m² school building on a complex and highly constrained existing school site. This new building will replace a number of outdated education buildings and support an increase in pupil numbers with vastly improved facilities, especially for the School’s specialism of Performing Arts.
Serving as an exemplar scheme for Laing O’Rourke’s Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Strategy the project has benefited from a significant portion of the building being prefabricated off-site enabling a reduced build time and a high degree of quality control.
Completion is due by Autumn 2012.
Photograph: Dagenham Park Church of England School Principal, Simon Weaver and Business Unit Leader Laing O'Rourke Construction South, Mark Richardson
Photographer: Rob Parrish
Dagenham Park School is currently onsite with the installation of the precast concrete structural façade panels underway. Each panel measures 7.5m x 3.6m weighing up to 12 tonnes. The panels form a load bearing external system that arrives onsite with the windows pre- installed. The building’s distinct identity has been achieved by introducing the colours of the school logo into solar control fins attached to the façade panels.
This new three storey teaching building sits at the centre of an existing school site set within an overall master plan also designed by AHMM. This design will create a legible campus with strong identity and community presence for the school. The landscape and access strategy makes positive connections to the adjacent park, junior school, high street and nearby public transport links. The project is due to be completed at the end of 2012.