New Maths Department / Carshalton Boys Sports College / Sutton

FBM Architects have replaced a deteriorating maths department at Carshalton Boys Sports College in Sutton, South London with a new state of the art facility. Preweathered Cor-Ten steel, a material better-known for its sculptural qualities, has been used to clad the building in perforated and solid panels. Combining its intriguing visual aesthetic with sensitive design and careful detailing helped to secure buy-in from staff.

The new facility provides eight new fully accessible classrooms, staff offices, and WC facilities within a 775sqm single storey building. The internal design of the classrooms was fully considered through simple and effective off-site and modular construction techniques to help meet the tight programme and funding requirements.

We were keen to maximise the amount of daylight inside the new building by using full-height glazed internal windows overlooking the corridor. Staff were initially concerned about this increased glazing as raising a potential distraction for students. Post completion feedback has shown that this feature had a positive impact, improving student attentiveness and behaviour within a more mature working environment. The generous teaching spaces make use of movable partitions to allow for future-proof flexible teaching environments as well as accommodating community use outside of teaching hours.

FBM worked closely with the board of governors at Carshalton and the contractors on site to successfully secure funding and meet the programme budget, and sustainability requirements whilst faced with time, health and safety, and operational constraints caused by working during term-time at the college.

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