Surrey Square School Dining Building Client: Surrey Square School Location: Southwark, London Floor area: 320 sqm (£2,850/sqm inc. catering equipment & landscape) Project Value: £912,000 Date: Completed June 2010 This exciting new addition to Surrey Square School’s playground serves as a new dining facility and provides much needed additional floor space for the infant and junior school. Critically, the building does not reduce the external play area on this tight urban site by providing an accessible landscape over its concrete dome roof. Skylights puncture the dome and bring natural light down into the dining room while a stainless steel slide invites the pupils to play.
Because of the unique funding stream via a special purpose vehicle, the building had to navigate the planning system, be detailed designed, tendered and constructed in under 9 months. The building is also available to the wider community for activities and events and this has been taken up with enthusiasm by neighbours on the Aylesbury Estate after the building was officially opened in late June 2010 by Master Chef Judge and TV presenter, Greg Wallace, himself a local Bermondsey pupil in his youth.
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