Regent High School
New build and refurbishment. The new building features a triple-storey 'arcade' that links to the existing Victorian building, simplifies movement around the school and provides passive supervision.
ArchitectLondon School Board/Gollifer Langston Architects/Walters & Cohen Architects
Chalton Street, entrance opposite Cranleigh Street NW1 1RX
Sat 10am-3.30pm. Regular tours. Accessible tours on request. Architect-led tour with Walters & Cohen 11am, duration 1 hour, max 20. Pop-up photography exhibition (organized by VIEW Pictures with school). 'I Spy' trail around the school for children. Last entry 3pm.
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- Access for wheelchair users
- Architect on site
- Children's activities
- Toilets available
REGENT HIGH SCHOOL New building; urban regenerationThe school serves a deprived area where 75% of its students are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. The ethos of the school is to be very ambitious for students, and this building project gives them a beautiful and inspiring school that is fit for purpose and contributes towards raising students’ expectations of themselves.The centerpiece of the design is the triple-storey ‘Arcade’. Headteacher Rosemary Leeke said: ‘The arcade simplifies movement around a large school; it is an attractive link between the original and new buildings; and the passive supervision it provides supports our school ethos of students taking responsibility for their learning and behaviour.’Another key success of the scheme is the ‘flipping’ of the main entrance from Charrington Street to Chalton Street, changing the character of both streets for the better. Chalton Street in particular now has the feel of a thriving, safe and welcoming place, effectively reclaimed by the community.The original Victorian school building has been refurbished as contemporary teaching accommodation. The rooms are light and attractive, and the junction between the existing and new buildings has been handled creatively, making a key feature of the new arcade space, and one which visitors to the school note with joy.The new state-of-the-art theatre, music and art facilities promote the school’s specialism in the creative arts, with complementary spaces for the teaching of science.Facts and figures:- built in four complex phases to minimise disruption to the everyday running of the school;- funded through BSF, the Labour government’s Building Schools for the Future initiative;- completed July 2014. The school is also hosting a pop-up photography exhibition by VIEW Pictures and Dennis Gilbert around the theme of Work and Play.