St Mary Magdalene School in London
The £45 million new St Mary Magdalene School in London will replace two schools located over four sites in Greenwich and Woolwich and accommodate up to 1,646 children. It is proposed that the building will also act as a community hub, with the school and sports facilities being available for local residents.
Occupying a 2-hectare site at the corner of the wider Peninsula development, the school will create a civic presence on the gateway to the Greenwich Peninsula. Fulfilling this brief, Architects Penoyre & Prasad explain, “The predominant materials have been selected to ensure a robust and durable quality with a civic presence. A simple palette has been carefully considered to compliment the use of the building and the public realm”.
The building integrates measures for passive energy. DeltaWing-90 compounds have been been installed on the roof-top to visually screen air source heat pumps and ventilation equipment and sit beside 700m² of photovoltaic panels. Four compounds, individually designed to suit each of the building’s connecting forms, were constructed out of 359 louvred panels of different sizes. The panels were supplied in a hot-dip galvanized finish with an additional polyester powder coating in pale grey, RAL7035.