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The Blue School & Scotland Green


Project Details

£1m to £1.99M

New Build


DSP Architecture

104c St John Street , Clerkenwell , London , EC1M 4EH , United Kingdom

Regeneration of this island site fronting Tottenham High Road was prompted by an initiative by Haringey Council to bring life back to a sadly run-down stretch of this major urban corridor - Roman Ermine Street - six miles due North from the City of London. Retention and restoration of the former Blue School, dating from 1840, was a requirement of the Local Authority and supported by an English Heritage Urban Regeneration Grant. Demolition of derelict commercial buildings attached to the East of the old school, on Scotland Green, presented the opportunity to construct a new building for full residential use at all levels. The elliptical plan of the four storey block was derived from the full coverage of the site and the aim to distinguish the new form from the Old School and provide a background to its diminutive scale - in 21st century context - and distinctive 'Gothic' style. The 6 two-bed flats and 2 one-bed penthouse units are specifically designed to Housing Association standards for affordable accommodation. The new building is constructed using superimposed panel construction with storey height timber walls and floor sections imported from Lithuania. Initially following a traditional competitive procurement process, with a full tender scheme having commercial space at ground level in the new building, tenders received proved this to be commercially unviable and the construction contract became a negotiated Design/Build package with DSP retained by the contractor to reconfigure the scheme and adapt construction details to suit their technology.