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Central Foundation Boys’ School

Bright futures

People standing outside the Central Foundation Boys School

Creating state-of-the-art educational facilities in a heritage context.

Over the last 150 years, seven buildings (including a Grade II listed former county court and the Tabernacle Chapel) had been brought together in one school campus around a central courtyard. The result was a hotch-potch of spaces, increasingly under-utilised and inefficient.

We replaced the less suitable buildings with state-of-the-art general and specialist teaching facilities and improved the efficiency of the remaining buildings through targeted and sensitive refurbishment.

The school now has a new science laboratory, a partially subterranean sports hall in the courtyard and a Creative Arts Centre in the Tabernacle Chapel.

Our new cohesive campus provides the school with facilities which reflect and support its commitment to excellence; a bigger and better school for future generations on the same tight inner-city site.

Man wearing a lab coat in laboratory at Central Foundation Boys School
Detail interior shot inside of Central Foundation Boys School
Hawkins\Brown marry great design vision with a committed and steady eye for detail. This has both given us a hugely exciting design and kept this most challenging of projects moving forward.

Project details

Project name: Central Foundation Boys’ School

Location: London, UK

Service: Briefing and estates optimisation, Sustainable design

Value: £20M – £50M

Scope: Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior design

Clients: Central Foundation

Status: Live

Structural / civil engineer: BDP

MEP services engineer: BDP

Planning consultant: Montagu Evans

Landscape architect: BDP

BREEAM consultant: BDP

Fire engineer: The Fire Surgery

Project manager: Gardiner & Theobald

Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald


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