We are delighted to announce that The Observatory block, Graveney School has been shortlisted in the learning category for New London Awards 2020. We provided Project Management, Cost Management, Employers Agent and Principal Designer services on the innovative building that uses state of the art design to facilitate the teaching of STEAM subjects. The building encourages students to think about space, time and the universe through physical means: walkways, terraces and teaching spaces at all levels facilitate this. A cylindrical staircase leads to a pop-up observatory on the roof.
The new building is linked to an existing study centre via a three-storey staircase which grows as one moves up, with views to other parts of the building and the wider school campus. At the centre is a feature chandelier specially designed to allow students to code it to represent mathematical patterns and constellations.
We were involved from the outset of the project, securing grant funding from the Department of Education via the Condition Improvement Funding in 2017, which was then topped up with crowdfunding to extend the brief from eight to 10 classrooms and a project value of £2.5m.
We worked with architects Urban Projects Bureau, Michael Bartley Partnership and EDP Environmental to help turn the vison into a reality.
For more information on the project follow the link. New London Awards are offering a ‘people’s vote’, a chance to vote for the winning project, see link on the project page.