Burntwood School

Wandsworth. 2014

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2014
  • Cost: £40.9 Million
  • Clients: Wandsworth Council LEA / Lend Lease

The transformation of Burntwood School pieces together a 1950s modernist education campus for 2000 pupils and 200 staff in south-west London. Within an existing mature landscape, six new buildings-as-pavilions develop the heritage of the existing, orchestrating a system of bespoke constructional components to bring both efficiency and delight. The new buildings – four 4-storey teaching pavilions, a new sports hall and a new performing arts building – are placed amongst a number of retained buildings (including two by Sir Leslie Martin) to form a complete and coherent campus, with lawns, squares and a central pedestrian spine. Within each pavilion, classrooms and ancillary accommodation are arranged along a central corridor with voids and double-height spaces at each end to increase natural daylight and make connections to the exterior. The regularity of each plan is followed through to the elevation with faceted precast concrete panels that correspond to a 7.5 metre structural and classroom module; a development of the prefabricated façade work seen at Dagenham Park Church of England School.

  • Awards
  • Chicago Athenaeum International Award 2016
  • AIA International Award - Merit Award for Architecture 2015
  • Civic Trust Award 2015
  • New London Architecture Award: Education 2015
  • RIBA London Region Award 2015
  • RIBA National Award 2015
  • RIBA Stirling Prize 2015
  • RIBA Stirling Prize: Shortlist 2015
  • Concrete Society Award 2014
  • Wandsworth Design Award 2014

01/09/2017

Open House London 2017

AHMM is again participating in Open House London, an annual celebration of architecture that sees more than 800 buildings open to the public during the weekend of 16-17 September. For Open House London’s 25th year, AHMM is opening pioneering housing at Adelaide Wharf; Stirling Prize-winning Burntwood School; RIBA Award 2017 winners New Scotland Yard, The Library at Willesden Green and Grand Union Studios/The Ladbroke Grove; ‘city sandwich’ Westminster Bridge Road; new apartments at Weston Street in Bermondsey; the recently completed White Collar Factory; and its Old Street roundabout neighbour The Bower. Find out more on the Open House website. Please note all tours of New Scotland Yard are fully booked.
 



 

24/02/2017

IN Practice exhibition in Naples

Paul Monaghan will be speaking at the IN Practice conference and exhibition in Naples this evening. The event is organised by the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism in partnership with architecture journal A10, the architecture department of the University Federico II in Naples and the Association of Engineers and Architects in Campania. The exhibition and conference, produced by Gnosis Architettura, revisits the themes and practices featured in the IN Practice initiative featured at the Venice Biennale in 2016 and collected in the accompanying book, and models, images and artefacts from AHMM and other leading European architects will be exhibited in the Baroque church of Santa Maria del Rosario a Portamedina.
  



 

BBC Question Time at Burntwood

24/11/2016

BBC Question Time at Burntwood

This week’s BBC Question Time will be hosted by Burntwood School, AHMM’s RIBA Stirling Prize-winning school campus in south London. Question Time is a topical debate in which prominent political and media guests answer questions posed by members of the public, and takes place in a different venue each week. The programme will be shown live at 10.45 on BBC One and available on iPlayer - find out more on the BBC website.
 



 

24/05/2016

Paul Monaghan to speak at the Venice Biennale

Paul Monaghan will be talking about Burntwood School and the work of AHMM at a special event on 26 May during the preview of the Biennale Architettura in Venice. Organised by the Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica and A10 magazine , the event showcases the work of a leading practice from 37 European countries. The theme of this year’s Biennale, curated by Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, is ‘Reporting from the Front’, and the programme of exhibitions and events runs from 28 May to 27 November. You can see AHMM’s contribution to the 2014 Biennale here.
 



 

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris wins the RIBA Stirling Prize for Burntwood School

16/10/2015

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris wins the RIBA Stirling Prize for Burntwood School

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ transformation of Burntwood School in south London has won the RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture.
 

Announced last night in a televised ceremony at RIBA headquarters, the award was a unanimous decision by the judges, who commented ‘Burntwood School is the clear winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize. It is the most accomplished of the six shortlisted buildings because it demonstrates the full range of the skills that architects can offer to society. It encompasses great contemporary design and clever reuse of existing buildings as well as superb integration of artwork, landscaping and engineering. It is a genuine collaborative project. There was a wonderful working relationship between the headteacher and the architect: a true partnership of equals.’
 



 

Burntwood School on the BBC

09/10/2015

Burntwood School on the BBC

In the run-up to the RIBA Stirling Prize announcement next week the BBC is showing short films about each nominee. You can view the Burntwood School film, which includes interviews with Paul Monaghan and with Helen Dorfman, the school’s principal, here. The announcement will be broadcast live from 8pm next Thursday (15 October) on BBC News.
 



 

Burntwood and William Street Quarter nominated for Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award

30/09/2015

Burntwood and William Street Quarter nominated for Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award

William Street Quarter and Burntwood School have been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015. Drawn from this year’s British Construction Industry Awards finalists, eligible projects are recognised for their excellence in construction, design and delivery of buildings and civil engineering projects. The winner will be announced on 14 October – find out more here.
 



 

RIBA Stirling Stories 2015

30/09/2015

RIBA Stirling Stories 2015

Last night Paul Monaghan joined Stirling Prize nominees to tell the story of Burntwood School at the RIBA Stirling Stories 2015 event. Chaired by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, the event gave each of the nominated architects the opportunity to tell the story of their projects, their inspiration and design process, and what it would mean to win the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. The winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 15 October.
 



 

Burntwood School shortlisted for the Stirling Prize

16/07/2015

Burntwood School shortlisted for the Stirling Prize

Burntwood School has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture. The school has been chosen by judges from the 37 RIBA National Award winners to be part of the final shortlist for the prize, which is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. The winner will be announced on 15 October. Completed in 2014, Burntwood is the fourth AHMM project to make the Stirling shortlist, following Kentish Town Health Centre in 2009, Westminster Academy in 2008 and the Angel Building in 2011.
 



 

Burntwood School wins RIBA National Award

18/06/2015

Burntwood School wins RIBA National Award

Burntwood School has won an RIBA National Award, given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture. Announced this morning (18 June), Burntwood is the only secondary school in London to win a national award this year. The RIBA judges noted the building’s ‘quality, openness, confidence and solidity’ and were particularly impressed by the relationship between the new pre-cast concrete buildings and the 1950s buildings retained on the campus. As a national award winner the project will now be part of the longlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, which will be announced in October.
 



 

AHMM is Clients' Choice for 2015

04/06/2015

AHMM is Clients' Choice for 2015

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has won the AJ120 Clients' Choice award for 2015. The Clients' Choice Award is given to practices nominated by more than 300 clients asked who they would most like to work with again or would like to work with in the future.
 



 

RIBA London award wins

19/05/2015

RIBA London award wins

Burntwood School, William Street Quarter and 10 New Burlington Street have won RIBA London awards, given at a ceremony at the National Theatre last night (18 May). Describing William Street Quarter as ‘clear and simple’, the judges also highly commended ‘exemplary’ 10 New Burlington Street for the special award for sustainability. The three projects join Alconbury Incubator – an East region award winner – in the shortlist for RIBA National awards, which will be announced in June.
 



 

Burntwood School wins Civic Trust Award

09/03/2015

Burntwood School wins Civic Trust Award

Burntwood School, Ark All Saints Academy and Waverley School were amongst the projects to be honoured by the longest standing architectural and built environment awards scheme in Europe last week. Burntwood won a National Award while ARK All Saints Academy and Waverley School received commendations at the awards ceremony held on Friday at the Globe Theatre in London. Now in their 56th year, the Civic Trust Awards are given to projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design, have demonstrated sustainability, are accessible to all users and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community. See the full list of winning and commended projects here.
 



 

Civic Trust 2015 Regional Finalists Revealed

02/12/2014

Civic Trust 2015 Regional Finalists Revealed

Three AHMM education projects – Waverley School, Burntwood School and ARK All Saints Academy and Highshore School – have been announced as Regional Finalists of the 2015 Civic Trust Awards. The full list of Regional Finalists, as well as information about the subsequent award stages (announced in January and March) can be found on the Civic Trust Awards website.
 



 

Opening Celebration at Burntwood School

09/10/2014

Opening Celebration at Burntwood School

AHMM joined the staff, students and families of Burntwood School recently to celebrate the official opening of their reinvented campus. Over the past couple of years, six new buildings-as-pavilions and a number of new landscape spaces have been placed (in phases) amongst existing facilities to form a coherent whole. Organised by the school community, the celebration began with an open day and concluded with people gathering around the central Flag Lawn for an array of student performances, presentations, poetry readings and fireworks.
 



 

Official Opening of Burntwood School’s Performing Arts Building

06/12/2013

Official Opening of Burntwood School’s Performing Arts Building

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris joined Angela Graham – the Mayor of Wandsworth and School Governor – and local MP Sadiq Khan to officially open Burntwood School’s new Performing Arts Building last week. The new building sits adjacent to school’s refurbished Assembly Hall to define the new Flag Lawn at the centre of the school. Over the past few years, AHMM and Lend Lease have been reinventing the entire educational campus with a series of built interventions and outdoor spaces that respect the modernist principles of the original 1950s buildings designed by Sir Leslie Martin. The overall project is due for completion in summer 2014.
 



 

Tessa Sanderson opens Burntwood Gym

29/02/2012

Tessa Sanderson opens Burntwood Gym

On Friday, Olympic javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson celebrated the opening of the gym at Burntwood School in Wandsworth for Wandsworth Borough Council.


The gym is the first of the project’s buildings to be completed for the school, which will also consist of several new educational buildings, the refurbishment of two existing buildings and a new landscape plan, to be completed in 2013.

 



 

Burntwood School Receives Planning Consent

04/01/2011

Burntwood School Receives Planning Consent

Planning permission has been granted for Burntwood School from the Wandsworth Planning Application Committee. The project will start on site this year.


The Burntwood School project is a series of new educational buildings and a new landscape plan which will serve over 200 more pupils. The school has an existing science specialisation, linking it with other schools in the borough and St. Georges’ Hospital.



 

Wandsworth BSF gets the Go Ahead

16/08/2010

Wandsworth BSF gets the Go Ahead

Michael Gove, the Minister for Education has given the go ahead for Burntwood School as part of the Wandsworth’s BSF project. The school was put on hold in July by the new government, but we’re back on and working with Bovis Lend Lease. The project incorporates communications, maths & science building (right) and a separate Performing Arts building (left) with internal and external dining at ground level linking to flower meadow, amphitheatre and pedestrian spine.




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