Streatham & Clapham High School’s New Facilities Win Prestigious RIBA AWARD

Last Updated on : 18th May 2018

On 15th May 2018, the Royal Institute of British Architects honoured the team behind the stunning new dining hall, lobby and wildflower meadow roof that opened last month in Abbotswood Road to make SCHS even more of a London landmark. The project, which was commissioned by the Girls Day School Trust, was designed by Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture and constructed by Rooff Limited benefiting from painstaking oversight from SCHS’s own Estates Bursar, Mary Kpobie. The brief and vision for these new facilities were conceived by the school’s Head Master, Dr Millan Sachania. Dr Sachania asked the architects to create a modern inspiring space that was unapologetically single-purpose serving the needs of the whole girl.

Dr Sachania comments: ‘Goethe claimed that ‘architecture is frozen music’ but I disagree. It’s not frozen at all. Architecture inspires movement and is a dynamic force; such fluid power is precisely what I wanted harnessed for the benefit of SCHS girls.’ The Head Master explained that it’s essential to promote both well-being and serenity as well as a sense of excitement and intellectual stimulation in order to nurture excellence. He added, ‘by creating a lively and aesthetically pleasing dining space we are reminded of the importance of community as well as the need to be, literally, well-nourished whilst also feeding girls’ minds and souls with ideas, conversation and friendships.’

He continued ‘The 6th Form is the literal summit of SCHS. It provides both comfort and community as well as grand, inspiring vistas and unique perspectives that we cherish and promote here. I am almost as proud of this building as I am of the girls inside it!’

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