The acclaimed Pegasus Academy at Whitehorse Manor in Croydon has been named the best school in the world. The scheme, which has already won a number of awards for architecture and design excellence, features a series of architectural aluminium glazing systems from Technal.
The AR School Awards celebrate ‘the most exciting places of learning in the world’. The global search included submissions from as far afield as Portugal, China and Afghanistan. The judges, who included dRMM co-founder Sadie Morgan, praised the project’s ‘material beauty’ and ‘its spatial configuration’. They also commented, ‘The interventions have transformed a Victorian school into something that feels incredibly contemporary and incredibly liberating’.
Whitehorse Manor Junior and Infant Schools were extensively remodelled and expanded to create an inspiring academy in a £4.5m project. An innovative design by architects Hayhurst & Co brought together a fragmented site with a series of extensions to a complex fabric of 20th century school buildings. The new facilities included a nursery, six classrooms, a larger hall, and an entrance and office areas that link two existing buildings.
Fabricated and installed by Everglade Windows, a range of Technal’s façade systems were specified for both phases of the project:
Commenting on the façade systems, Nick Hayhurst, Director at architects Hayhurst & Co said, “This was a complex façade project with some challenging geometry. We used a combination of floor-to-ceiling glazing and individual windows to bridge the ground and first floors. We are very happy with the finished building and would definitely use Technal again for future projects.”
James Wilson, recently appointed Head of Marketing for Technal, said, “We are absolutely delighted to be associated with a project that has achieved such national and international acclaim. This is a wonderful place of learning for young people and we offer our sincerest congratulations to the architectural team for their outstanding design.”
The Whitehorse Manor project has also been recognised with a Civic Trust Award, an RIBA Award (London category), the Schools Award in the AJ Retrofit Awards, and Best Public Sector Interior at the FX International Interior Design Awards.
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