Langley Park School for Boys is one of the highest achieving secondary schools in the country, judged by Ofsted as outstanding. This 1,620 pupil replacement school is a BSF One School Pathfinder scheme and targeted to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. Both boys and girls schools form an education campus with a total of 3,200 pupils and the integration of both these schools together on one site to work happily together was hugely important.
Frankham’s education team involved themselves fully in the early consultation process, holding workshops, seminars and interviews with all stakeholders to complete an aspirational education brief and develop a vision for the school. Through curriculum analysis and a full understanding of the requirements, particularly with reference to the influential sixth form, options for the optimum siting on the site were carried out.
The project was subject to sensitive pre-commencement planning conditions, requiring detailed evidence and sign off, along with development of a robust construction management plan to ensure the safety of the pupils and staff of the existing boys school and adjacent similarly sized girls school.
The roughly 15,000m2 new build school consists of a two storey ‘hub and cluster’ building in an arch formation along with nine court sports hall, two storey air training corps building, all weather pitch, rugby pitch, hard games court and cricket nets. The main school building will also include a 450 seat enhanced performance space. The scheme includes landscaping and improved vehicular and pedestrian access as well as parking.
The scheme will create a building fit for the 21st century and help to ensure the long term success of the school by providing it with high quality buildings. It will greatly improve the teaching and learning environment and use school space more efficiently. The enhanced performance space which is part of the project will benefit the community and enhance the provision of music in the Borough through the Bromley Youth Music Trust.
Because of the tightness of the site and the need to keep the existing school running smoothly with the least disruption through the construction period, consideration of the siting of the new school was paramount. Frankham carried out studies and appraisals of four different options, at all times taking into account the requirements of the planning authority and CABE’s criteria on excellent design for schools. This ensured a design ethos of build quality, functionality and delight.