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The redevelopment of South Hampstead High School in Camden involves the replacement of approximately 80% of the existing buildings over a two-year period. The new teaching facilities and basement sports hall will replace existing Victorian buildings to provide facilities of a standard that reflect best practice in teaching and learning.

An essential requirement of the project is for parts of the school to remain operational throughout the duration of the construction works. In close collaboration with the client, contractor and design team, Expedition has developed the building design and construction sequence to minimise disruption to the working school environment. With works in such close proximity to existing occupied buildings, noise, vibration and dust pollution will need to be carefully controlled on what is a very constrained site.

A desire to maintain relatively low roof-lines requires substantial accommodation to be provided below the existing ground level. The excavation of a deep basement on an active school site in a residential area presents further design and construction challenges. Expedition responded by establishing possible construction sequences whilst being sympathetic to the local residential environment.

At South Hampstead High School, Expedition has developed a high quality, sustainable project, offering good value within programme limitations and a fixed budget.

Andrew Weir
Fred Labbé

Client: Girls’ Day School Trust

Architect: Hopkins Architects / Archial

Project value: £16m

Status: Completed 2014

South Hampstead High School