City of London School for Girls

City of London

The project involves the development of the existing school campus, infilling an area beneath one of the Barbican residential blocks, to provide accommodation for a two form entry Upper Prep School, including a new dining area for the whole school. The existing dining area in the main school will then be repurposed to expand senior science.

In addition to the Prep School expansion, a new state of the art Sixth Form will be located on the podium play deck above it.

Careful organisational moves create a primary school learning environment that provides excellent links between class-bases and out of class activities, to promote independent learning.

The existing prep school corridor will be removed, Five large classrooms will be formed between existing load bearing walls, with windows looking out over the garden. A new spine for circulation, with cloakroom bays and an inviting open library space, will be extended from the eastern face of the existing building, giving access to an additional three classrooms.

The internalised east facade gives the opportunity for large expanses of glass to link classrooms with the spine, which is top lit via a rooflight - allowing light to flood into this space.

Cloaks are arranged in bays outside classrooms, with display space along the spine wall, which at the southern end opens to a large picture window offering views down to the gym and across to the lake beyond, giving a strong sense of place and linking it to its site at the heart of the Barbican.

Project Team

  • Client: City of London School for Girls