FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL – COMPLETION SEPTEMBER 2014
PJMA has recently been appointed by contractor AJ Dunne & Sons Ltd to complete the design and assist with the construction of a new sixth form centre for Finchley Catholic High School in North London. The project involves the development of a design from RIBA workstage C including the resolution of a number of complex planning conditions. The development will form an interlocking part of the existing school campus while at the same time providing a measure of independence for the 300 sixth form students that will use it, including a separate entrance into the grounds.
The new building is a two-storey structure with a generous, open plan common room and study area at ground floor and five general teaching classrooms at first. A key aspect of the design is that the building is dug into the sloping site to the level of an adjacent technology block. The relationship between the two buildings defines a new courtyard that is addressed by the common room and will provide valuable external space for the School.
The building is to achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating. Completion is expected in April 2014
The existing building on the site was demolished and up to 2 metres of excavation work carried out. A steel frame was constructed and a hybrid curtain walling system consisting of aluminium and timber were installed, along with an aluminium standing seam roof.
Sustainable features included a passive ventilation system, which uses intelligent sensors to regulate airflow, a Brise Soleil system, for solar shading and temperature control, solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system.
For the interior, Dunne constructed high specification decorative ceilings and installed LED lighting, power points, security alarms, data and Wi-Fi access throughout.
Sustainable paving, top soil, grass and the planting of new trees formed the landscaping finish.