The remodelling and expansion of Pegasus Academy builds on the character of the existing Victorian school buildings. Our design brings together a fragmented site with a series of interventions and extensions that thread new teaching spaces through a complex fabric of existing buildings. The project provides 7 new classrooms, 6 remodelled classrooms, a hall extension and a new administration hub.
The first phase involved the construction of a new Nursery classroom, reception classroom and the refurbishment of two existing classrooms which were connected via a new ‘Reception Street’ – a space which connects all the teaching bases providing spill-out spaces for role-play, reading corners, art spaces, home corners and the like.
All of the spaces open up to a new external play area where the stripy green carpets extended outside in stripy green rubbercrumb to give the sense of a freshly-mown lawn running inside to out – a little green moment in an otherwise grey, tarmacked site.
The miniature peaks of the nursery mimic the Victorian dormer windows of the Infant Hall. They form the surroundings of a new square where young children are dropped off and collected by their parents. By contrast, the single pitch of the front facade is the scale of public building which holds its own in the streetscape. The scale of these pitches increase across the site, growing in response to the age of the children and defining the form of the room beneath.
Architectural Review Schools Award: Winner
RIBA Regional Award: Winner
AJ Retrofit Award: Schools Award
Civic Trust Award: Winner
RICS Awards: Shortlisted
FX International Interior Design Award: Best Public Sector Interior Award
‘Sum of Parts’ – Architectural Review No. 1424 – October 2015
Future Schools: Innovative Design for Existing and New Buildings – Nick Mirchandani and Dr Sharon Wright – RIBA Publishing 2015
‘Hayhurst and Co adds a golden extension to a Victorian London school’ – Dezeen – February 2015
‘Whitehorse Manor School’ – The Architectural Review – September 2015
‘The best school in the world found in…..Croydon’ – The Architect’s Journal – September 2015
- Client: London Borough of Croydon
- Stakeholder: Pegasus Academy Trust
- Date: 2009-2011
- Contract Value: £1.1m (total £4.3m
- Design Team: Nick Hayhurst, Howard Miller, Anna Ludwig, Jonathan Nicholls, Andrew Ensslen, Ardi Rexhepi, Jess Tettelaar
- QS: SENSE
- Structural Engineer: Ian Wright Associates
- M+E Engineer: Hurley Palmer Flatt/ MSL
- BREEAM: Bianco Sale
- Acoustician: Cass Allen
- CDMC: GEP Safety
- Contractor: Kier London (Wallis)
- Photo Credit: Kilian O’Sullivan