A new school for a new mixed-ability Free School with a focus on music on a tight inner urban site.
Address: Hackney New School, 317-319 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DL
Architect: Henley Halebrown Rorrison
Client: Hackney New School
Contractor: Willmott Dixon
About the project
Hackney New School is a new mixed-ability Free School with a focus on music, combining a 500-pupil secondary school and 200-pupil sixth form.
Situated within the Kingsland Road conservation area, this collection of brick buildings frame a series of precincts between the neighbouring streets and the canal basin.
The 5,500m2 scheme is planned around a central ball court and play space. This is framed by the 6-storey 'Canal' building and the 5-storey 'Kingsland' building which forms a buffer from the noise and fumes of Kingsland Road.
The adaptive reuse of a disused telephone exchange on Downham Road accommodates the rest of the classrooms and sixth form seminar spaces, SEN, the changing rooms and storage 'warehouse'.
The original Wharfmaster's house is to be converted to create a pupil wellbeing centre which is to be run in conjunction with Kids Company.
This collection of brick buildings frame a series of precincts between the streets and the canal basin. The Canal building and disused telephone exchange are linked by bridges at each level to ease circulation and provide an alternative means of escape between these two single-staircase buildings.