Sydenham School is part of the second phase of the Lewisham BSF
programme. WGI's design solution was to build two new teaching
blocks and refurbish the original 1917 school building to include a
6th Form and accommodate an additional 330 students, offering a
total of 1470 pupil places.
The original campus consisted of a number of separate building
blocks of various ages which had limited connectivity. The
formation of a new 'L' shaped teaching block provides a
cross-faculty link as well as external areas which respond to the
activities within and reinforce the concept of a parklike setting.
As a result, the different building elements are now connected in a
way that both responds to the urban context and respects the
importance of the original historical school building within a
radically reconfigured complex.
Sydenham School is a science and mathematics specialist school
with a nationally recognised, innovative and successful practice in
STEM. It was therefore essential that the new design responded to
the STEM teaching agenda and the approach was to express the
specialist nature of the school through the design of a bespoke
building. The STEM building contains larger room sizes, a higher
level of services provision and an environment required for
specialist teaching areas which have been specifically designed to
support the education delivery required and as defined in the
school's education vision.
This was achieved within team achieved within the budgetary
constraints and the EFA's area reduction requirements and without
compromising the functionality, effectiveness and quality of the
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