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Refurbishing historic school buildings: oppertunites, best practice and challenges

Refurbishing historic school buildings: oppertunites, best practice and challenges



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  • Historic School Buildings: Constructive Conservation in Action Baroness Kay Andrews Chair – English Heritage
  • EH and school buildings
    • English Heritage is the Government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment
    • There are around 5,000 entries on the listed building system relating to schools – although not all will still be in educational use
    • Many more situated in conservation areas
    • Others will be of ‘listable’ quality
    • Clear that there are many existing school buildings with heritage value
  • EH Guidance 2005 2010
  • EH Guidance England’s Schools: History, Architecture and Adaptation published 2010 Technical briefing note on refurbishment issues in historic school buildings developed by Mott MacDonald to be published late September
  • Common misconceptions
    • ‘ Modern teaching needs a modern building’
    • Accommodating new facilities perceived to be difficult
    • Overcoming the ‘sustainability = new building’ assumption
    • Historic school buildings lack the necessary floorspace
    • Quality of education can suffer if heritage value becomes a focus
    • Lack of maintenance can lead to feeling of ‘hand-me-down’ buildings
    • Lack of appreciation of buildings with heritage value
  • So why refurbish and reuse?
    • Intrinsic value – finite resource
    • Flexibility
    • Environmental standards can usually be met
    • Refurbishment often cheaper than new build
    • Refurbishment can be more sustainable than new build
    • Recognises and reinforces local character
    • Anchor point for the local community – a value beyond the educational one
    • But EH recognises that, perhaps more than any other type of public building, schools must adapt to be able to offer the highest quality of education
  • Sir John Moore School, Leics Dates from 1697 Grade I listed Executed from designs drawn up by Sir Christopher Wren
  • 17 th century schools still in use Burnsall School, Yorkshire Dales
  • Constructive Conservation in Practice (2008)
  • Langford School, London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham Surface to Air Architects Surface to Air Architects Images © Morley von Sternberg
  • Walthamstow School for Girls architectureplb Images © Simon Warren photography
  • High Storrs School, Sheffield
  • High Storrs School Sheffield
  • Elm Court School, London Borough of Lambeth JM Architects
  • Exemplar space to be created at High Storrs
  • Constructive Conservation in Action – Elm Court
  • Haggerston School, London Borough of Hackney Avanti Architects
  • Poor quality additions
  • Conclusions
    • Understanding the emotional place that many school buildings occupy in the community
    • Refurbishment could be the ‘benchmark’ for the future
    • Constructive Conservation is a practical approach to what are usually complex projects
    • Total understanding of the buildings in question is vital
    • Three key messages ……
  • Refurbishment and reuse works
  • It makes for great space
  • It inspires the students and leaders of tomorrow