PJMA was appointed by contractor AJ Dunne & Sons Ltd to complete design and detailing of a new sixth form centre for Finchley Catholic High School in North London. The project involved the development of a design from RIBA workstage C including the resolution of a number of complex planning conditions. The development forms an interlocking part of the existing school campus while at the same time providing a measure of independence for the 300 sixth form students that will use it, including a separate entrance into the grounds.
The new building is a two-storey structure with a generous, open plan common room and study area at ground floor and five general teaching classrooms at first. A key aspect of the design is that the building is dug into the sloping site to the level of an adjacent technology block. The relationship between the two buildings defines a new courtyard that is addressed by the common room and will provide valuable external space for the School.
The building achieved an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating.