AWW was appointed by Bouygues Ltd to refurbish and extend Swanlea Secondary School. The visual appearance of the new extension has been designed to respect the critically acclaimed original building design. Through demand curriculum analysis and extensive staff, pupil and stakeholder consultation, internal configurations and new build proposals were provided.
The school had been suffering from severe overheating and cooling issues due to its 1970s glass atrium. AWW addressed these design problems by providing a naturally ventilated solution to minimise overheating in the summer months, allowing the glazed atrium area to cool naturally. The new teaching block is set back from the street to avoid a visual clash with the existing and uses different external materials to contrast, rather than mimic, the original.