Eltham Hill School\

Delivering a school masterplan

The balance of refurbishment and new build for Eltham Hill School has been through intense investigation to achieve a viable scheme.

The challenge

The project involved retention of the original 1920s building, front wall and a listed summer house, while replacing the 1970s extension with a new three-storey block and sports hall. During construction, the school was required to remain in occupation, achieved through careful phasing.

The big idea

The new, main teaching building, provides general and specialist teaching accommodation and is organised around a central street and learning hub. This has provided a new heart to the school and was used as a blank canvas to create a student artwork as part of the design process, integrated into the digital media curriculum for that year.

Our partnership with the school has led to a number of student initiatives including work placements; a leadership conference; construction industry careers events, and a competition to design artwork for the new atrium.

The first phase completed in September 2012 and following the refurbishment of the existing buildings and the construction of the new dining hall, the united campus opened in September 2013.

“We are delighted with the school! Thank you.”

Madeleine Griffin Head Teacher


The scheme is environmentally responsible; it gained a BREEAM Excellent rating and carbon funding through designing in a 60% reduction in carbon emissions.

Project Summary

  • Project name: Eltham Hill School
  • Location: London, UK
  • Sector: Education & Research
  • Value: £23m
  • Type: Refurbishment , New build
  • Client: London Borough of Greenwich
  • Status: Complete
  • Completion date: 2014


  • BD Architect of the Year Awards 2013 - Education (Nursery - Secondary) - Shortlisted

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