Teacher Key Worker accommodation School House, Edmonton County School, Enfield

The ‘School House’ is a detached two storey dwelling house circa 1930. It is situated to the southwest of the Edmonton County School. It is part of the overall school complex but sits in its own demise and garden adjacent to the school.

The house has been used to provide ‘on site’ accommodation for the school caretaker, but is no longer required for this use and has been unoccupied for a number of months.

Teacher recruitment, particularly young and recently qualified teacher recruitment, is becoming increasingly difficult due to the high cost of property and rent for accommodation.

The proposal is to convert and refurbish the house to provide affordable accommodation for newly recruited teaching staff at the Edmonton County School. The plan is for the accommodation to be managed and let by the school.

4 no. bedroom spaces will be provided, each with their own ensuite bathroom. The kitchen and living spaces and garden will all be shared.

Client: Edmonton County School. Completed August 2019

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Footsteps Childrens Day Nursery Queens Road, Walthamstow E17

Hardcastle Architects have worked successfully on a number of projects with Chris Sheen at Footsteps Day Nurseries in various locations around East London over the last few years. The projects generally require planning approval for a change of use to D1 including dealing with the transport & highway impact issues as well as the OFSTED and design requirements and building/fit-out works.

This project was in collaboration with Waltham Forest Council to take over a vacant area in a Community Centre on Queens Road, Walthamstow.

The spaces had to be re-organised to accommodate a new entrance location and to function properly as a day nursery. New toilets and kitchenettes were provided. There was a lovely large secure open outdoor space behind the centre that was re-landscaped with fixed timber play equipment and a gardening area.

Client:Footsteps Day Nurseries, completed November 2017

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Cycling Club Hackney HQ Lea Rowing Club, Springfield Park, Clapton

This project is for the Cycling Club Hackney’s new HQ and clubhouse.

2017 was Cycling Club Hackney’s 10th year anniversary. The club is dedicated to promoting cycling and cycle sport for all levels and ages, and has an active youth section catering for young people between the ages 8 and 18, as well as senior and women’s representation. CCH is affiliated to British Cycling and is an Accredited Club Mark Go-Ride club.

The site is to the rear of the Lea Valley Rowing club behind the Tyrell’s Boat House. It fronts onto a rear service and carpark area with access from Spring Hill and views over the Springhill Sports Ground.

The new clubhouse is designed to maximise the usable space, lightweight, easy to construct and sustainable. An elegant lightweight timber frame is quick to erect and minimises the impact and work in the ground saving time and costs. Horizontal strip boards are used for the cladding and profiled fibre cement sheeting for the roof. Generous roof windows and front glazing ensure good levels of daylight and ventilation. Sustainable sheeps wool insulation provides good levels of thermal and acoustic insulation and moisture control.

Client: Cycling Club Hackney.

Gordon Lodge English Language School Twin Education Group, Eastbourne BN21

We were asked to assess the feasibility of re-locating an existing language school to a new premises within Eastbourne and converting the existing building into residential apartments. The existing building is within a conservation area not far from the town center, and is a prominent double gable-fronted brick built detached 4 storey Victorian building set within a generous garden with a number of mature trees. Following consultation a planning application was submitted in 2013. Planning approval was achieved January 2014. Hardcastle Architects have since secured planning approval for the new school location within Eastbourne town centre.

Client: Twin Education Group. Planning approval achieved January 2014

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Hadley Disabled Sports Association Arkley, Barnet EN5

Hadley Disabled Sports Association are a registered charity who own a long-term lease on a sports ground in Arkley, Hertfordshire. Their aim is to continue to create more opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport.

They currently provide indoor exercise classes, recreational activities with a focus on Disability Football sessions.

This is a community based project for disabled sports for the refurbishment of existing facilities at Barnet North London. New changing rooms are to be built, flood lights and spectator seating provided to the football pitch, additional car parking to be providing with new landscaping, and the existing clubhouse is to be refurbished.

Client: Hadley Disabled Sports Association. Completed 2012

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