New River College

New River College is a new 'alternative provision' school in a new building that replaces a late Victorian Board School no longer fit for purpose. It was a Phase 2 project for Islington Building Schools for the Future (BSF).
WGI's brief was to design a new building that accommodated three currently separate groups of students in order to manage challenging behaviour whilst creating a coherent, whole school environment promoting dignity, respect and ownership. Circulation areas needed to be very carefully considered to provide the necessary passive supervision whilst maintaining opportunities for flexible learning and managed social interaction.
The 1,700m2 two-storey building is designed on a simple grid format. All teaching spaces are the same size, creating inherent flexibility for re-configuration to suit future curricular changes. It also allowed for the innovative use of standardisation and offsite-manufactured wall panels. The £5 million project is Balfour Beatty Education's first new building to be designed and constructed using its 'Form' standardised and flexible building solution.

Date: 2012
Location: Islington, London
Client: Balfour Beatty Construction
Value: £5m
Service: Architecture: Full Design