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.

Larkswood Primary School, Chingford New entrance and reception arrangement

Planning approval has been secured by Hardcastle Architects to improve the main entrance, reception and overall entrance experience at the Larkswood Primary School. New gates and improved security from the street, external landscaping, lighting, seating, cycle parking, trees, benches, entrance canopy, new glazed reception screen and doors, new reception and an additional meeting room are to be provided. The additional internal spaces has been found through the rationalization of underused and poorly planned internal space.

Planning approval granted. Works due to commence early 2016.

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Secondary school WC/toilets Edmonton County School, Enfield

The existing school toilets were not ideally placed around the school: no toilets were directly accessible from the playground; and all in need of refurbishment. Working with the school we came up with a plan to consolidate all of the toilets together with direct access from the playground and from the main school corridor.

At break time the toilets would only be accessible from the playground, and during lessons only accessible from inside. The toilets were arranged to allow for good direct passive supervision from the corridor and playground via glazed entry doors looking directly along the cubicle frontages and vanity area.

Pleasant hard wearing durable materials, fixtures and fittings were selected for longevity. For hand washing, solid surface built-in recessed hand wash dryer units (ref Wallgate Thrii) were installed to avoid the traditional high maintenance basins, taps, paper towel etc arrangement.

The work was carried out over the summer break for use in the new Autumn term.

Project completed Sept 2015. Awaiting final photos.

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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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Twin Group HQ and language school Greenwich Square, London SE10

The Twin Group appointed Hardcastle Architects to design and oversee their New HQ and language school, and to relocate its London head office and school from its current location in Lewisham, to a brand new building in Greenwich Square, London SE10. Having been based in Lewisham for 15 years, the move is a huge step for Twin as a business and language school. It will mean that they can increase the number of students that they receive each year, and will be able to offer their students modern facilities in a new school close to Central London.

The new office and school is located on the recently-built Greenwich Square site, which is conveniently located just 15 minutes away from Central London on the train. This great new location means that Twin’s students will not only have easy access to the capital, but will also be able to quickly reach Greenwich’s famous attractions and iconic landmarks.

Twin’s vision is to provide students with great educational facilities and plenty of opportunities to have life-enriching experiences. The new school features 20 modern classrooms, a social area with student PCs and Wi-Fi, and co-located facilities including a leisure centre (swimming pool, gym and dance studio), a library and cafes, restaurants and bars.

Client: Twin Group, completed July 2015

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New Secondary School Library Edmonton County School, London

Following the transformation of the Edmonton County School Bury Campus entrance, Hardcastle Architects were appointed to re-model the Cambridge Campus library. The library is a well-lit double height space that was originally used as a gym. There was (just) sufficient headroom to insert a new mezzanine level to provide additional reading and study space and increase the amount of shelf space for books. The new mezzanine and stair are fabricated from slim steel sections that remain exposed with a durable paint finish. The glazed balustrade and book shelves are arranged to provide good supervision from the librarian’s desk. Perforated timber panelling was used for the mezzanine soffit and rear wall for sound absorbency to reduce background noise.

Client: Edmonton County School. Completed summer 2014

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Evelyn Grace Academy Brixton, South London

An Academy secondary school for 11—18 year olds for ARK Schools. This is a Zaha Hadid Architects building where Matthew Hardcastle worked prior to founding Matthew Hardcastle Architects and was the project architect from inception to completion.A linear 4 storey building, with an articulated appearance driven by the ‘Schools within Schools’ organization that sits comfortably in the mainly residential context. The building and landscape are intricately linked to maximize the minimal site space and create a series of varied external spaces. A running track runs across the site linking the main entrances and central reception.

This building won the Stirling Prize 2011.

Client: ARK Schools. School opened Sept 2010

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Edmonton County School, Enfield, London Bury Campus refurbishment

Hardcastle Architects were commissioned by the Edmonton County School in January 2012 to re-design the entrance, reception, and staff spaces for their Bury Campus site. The intention was to re-lay out the spaces and provide an open welcoming reception with good quality work spaces for the administration and teaching staff. The building was stripped back to its structure and the majority of services removed. Asbestos was also identified and safely removed. The work was successfully completed on time and budget to a high standard of finish and handed back to the school in time for the second half of the autumn term.

Edmonton County School & Enfield Council, completed Oct 2012

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