Client Mouchel Babcock Education
Location London, UK
2016 Structural Timber Awards - Best Education Project (Finalist)
Jestico + Whiles was appointed by contractor Willmott Dixon, working with the Local Education Partnership Mouchel Babcock Education, to creatively rework a former hospital to accommodate a new school in the heart of Victoria Park Village, next to Well Street Common.
Following the opening of the Mossbourne Community Academy in 2004, the new Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy is a new school under the Mossbourne banner, offering a similar ethos, philosophy and core values for 800 pupils.
The existing building first constructed in 1865 has operated as a school since 1949 and has been converted to accommodate the general teaching requirements of the new Academy, with specialist and communal facilities provided in the new building.
The existing building with its grand staircase, top lit circulation and ornate Gothic features also accommodates the school’s library in the original Court Room of the French Hospital. The former Chapel has been converted to a multi-functional drama space.
The new four-storey building accommodates a sports hall and assembly facilities. These spaces are open to the public, providing new community facilities to the Hackney residents and emphasising Mossbourne’s mission to enhance local amenities. Dining, performance and specialist teaching facilities are also housed in the new building.