About The Project
St Benedict’s is a leading independent Catholic co-educational School providing education from Nursery through to Sixth Form. vHH were appointed to design two new buildings as part of the school’s masterplan.
The first new building completed in November 2015 and combines the ADT department with a new Sixth Form centre, enhancing the facilities of the Senior School.
The second building, the New Ark for the Junior School provides classrooms and space for the Nursery which was off-site. The structure is formed of solid cross-laminated timber panels, chosen both for their ability to be fabricated off-site and minimise disruption to the working School, and for their airtightness performance which will contribute to achieving Passivhaus certification. The building is brick-clad to meet conservation requirements, which added complexity to the Passivhaus construction details. There are currently only a handful of schools in the UK built to this standard, making the New Ark an innovative educational building. All of the New Ark classrooms are south facing, providing good natural light controlled by brise soleil, and enjoy fantastic views across to Ealing Abbey.
St Benedict’s School, London
Architect And Lead Consultant