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A mixed-ability Free School with a focus on music, combining a 500 pupil secondary school and 200 pupil sixth-form. The brick buildings frame a series of precincts between the neighbouring streets and the canal basin.
Architect-led tour of building every 45 mins (10am-12.15pm) max 20 per tour
Hackney New School is a new mixed-ability Free School with a focus on music, combining a 500-pupil secondary school and 200-pupil sixth form.
Situated within the Kingsland Road conservation area, this collection of brick buildings frames a series of precincts between the neighbouring streets and the canal basin. The 5,500m² scheme is planned around a central ball court and play space. This is framed by the 6-storey Canal building and the 5-storey Kingsland building which forms a buffer from the noise and fumes of Kingsland Road.
The Canal building accommodates a double-height multipurpose dining, music and drama performance space, a floor for music, another for science, the staff room, library, 6th form study and social spaces, and 60% of the secondary school class bases. The Kingsland building accommodates staff and admin, and Art, Design and Technology.
The adaptive reuse of a disused telephone exchange on Downham Road accommodates the rest of the classrooms and sixth form seminar spaces, SEN, the changing rooms and storage “warehouse”. Finally, the original Wharfmaster’s house is to be converted to create a pupil wellbeing centre.
When complete this collection of brick buildings will frame a series of precincts between the streets and the canal basin. The Canal building and disused telephone exchange are linked by bridges at each level to ease circulation and provide an alternative means of escape between these two single-staircase buildings.