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Refurbishing historic school buildings: oppertunites, best practice and challenges

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  • Baroness Andrews, English Heritage

    1. 1. Historic School Buildings: Constructive Conservation in Action Baroness Kay Andrews Chair – English Heritage
    2. 2. EH and school buildings <ul><li>English Heritage is the Government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment </li></ul><ul><li>There are around 5,000 entries on the listed building system relating to schools – although not all will still be in educational use </li></ul><ul><li>Many more situated in conservation areas </li></ul><ul><li>Others will be of ‘listable’ quality </li></ul><ul><li>Clear that there are many existing school buildings with heritage value </li></ul>
    3. 3. EH Guidance 2005 2010
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. Common misconceptions <ul><li>‘ Modern teaching needs a modern building’ </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodating new facilities perceived to be difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming the ‘sustainability = new building’ assumption </li></ul><ul><li>Historic school buildings lack the necessary floorspace </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of education can suffer if heritage value becomes a focus </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of maintenance can lead to feeling of ‘hand-me-down’ buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of appreciation of buildings with heritage value </li></ul>
    6. 6. So why refurbish and reuse? <ul><li>Intrinsic value – finite resource </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental standards can usually be met </li></ul><ul><li>Refurbishment often cheaper than new build </li></ul><ul><li>Refurbishment can be more sustainable than new build </li></ul><ul><li>Recognises and reinforces local character </li></ul><ul><li>Anchor point for the local community – a value beyond the educational one </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
    7. 7. Sir John Moore School, Leics Dates from 1697 Grade I listed Executed from designs drawn up by Sir Christopher Wren
    8. 8. 17 th century schools still in use Burnsall School, Yorkshire Dales
    9. 9. Constructive Conservation in Practice (2008)
    10. 10. Langford School, London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham Surface to Air Architects Surface to Air Architects Images © Morley von Sternberg
    11. 11. Walthamstow School for Girls architectureplb Images © Simon Warren photography
    12. 12. High Storrs School, Sheffield
    13. 13. High Storrs School Sheffield
    14. 14. Elm Court School, London Borough of Lambeth JM Architects
    15. 15. Exemplar space to be created at High Storrs
    16. 16. Constructive Conservation in Action – Elm Court
    17. 17. Haggerston School, London Borough of Hackney Avanti Architects
    18. 18. Poor quality additions
    19. 19. Conclusions <ul><li>Understanding the emotional place that many school buildings occupy in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Refurbishment could be the ‘benchmark’ for the future </li></ul><ul><li>Constructive Conservation is a practical approach to what are usually complex projects </li></ul><ul><li>Total understanding of the buildings in question is vital </li></ul><ul><li>Three key messages …… </li></ul>
    20. 20. Refurbishment and reuse works
    21. 21. It makes for great space
    22. 22. It inspires the students and leaders of tomorrow

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