15 years in the making: American School in London revealed in new photographs

9 February 2017

Sports, science and art take centre stage at the new-look American School in London, part of a 15-year redevelopment scheme, which was achieved with the help of ISG.

New photographs - published on the Architects Journal website on 27 January 2017 - reveal the school’s new £10m underground sports centre and swimming pool, and a four-storey arts block complete with an exhibition space and studios for photography, sculpture and ceramics.

The unique buildings were designed to interconnect following a highly collaborative planning process between the architecture firms Orms and Walters & Cohen.

The facilities are the realisation of a 15-year plan to help the school accommodate for increasing class sizes.

According to Laura Mark’s article, the American School in London was founded in 1951 and offers a full American curriculum from kindergarten to 12th grade to over 1,350 pupils.

“At about £28,000 a year, an education at the school doesn’t come cheap and the budgets for the two schemes reflect this,” writes Laura.

“The spaces are larger than would be expected in a state school and the quality of materials noticeably higher.”

The project provided a number of logistical challenges for ISG’s construction team, with the art block being located in the St John’s Wood conservation area, and with the school remaining in occupation throughout the works.

Excavating to a depth of 10 metres to provide the sports centre and swimming pool also meant working closely to a live London Underground line.

To read the full article, Orms and Walters & Cohen add the finishing touches to the American School in London, visit architectsjournal.co.uk. Please note you may need access to Architects Journal to read the article in full. Photography by Marcus Peel.