Bowmer + Kirkland (B+K) has been selected by the Department for Education (DfE) as the main contractor on plans to regenerate Coombe Boys’ School.

The following is taken from the Coombe School /developer website:

The current layout and building stock are inefficient and energy intensive. The DfE has tasked B+K with planning for the future of Coombe Boys’ School; to better accommodate pupils and staff, reduce costs, improve noise and air quality and increase useable external space.

The project team has been working closely with the school and officers at Kingston Council in preparation of the plans. This website helps support our programme of community engagement and will be updated as the plans progress.

“Coombe Boys’ is a popular and successful school whose students and staff deserve the very best facilities. Following an extensive design process with the DfE and specialists on the design team we are delighted to be able to share with you our proposals for the future of our school. The regeneration plans will make Coombe Boys’ a more sustainable and efficient school where we are better able to provide a challenging, inspirational and transformational experience but also one where our students feel supported, confident and happy.” David Smith, Headteacher.

  • Modern, welcoming, sustainable school
  • Enable Coombe Boys’ to make savings on running costs
  • Transformation of the learning environment for all students and staff
  • Improved department organisation and increased useable outdoor space
  • High quality architectural design reflecting Coombe Boys’ aims and ethos
  • Landscape design that carefully considers surrounding properties and community use
  • Welcoming layout supports community use outside of school hours
  • Comprehensive construction management plan to help minimise disruption to neighbours

The layout of the site has been the key consideration in the planning of the regeneration of Coombe Boys’ School and includes the following elements:

  • retention of majority of trees, further tree planting and improved ‘urban greening factor’ across the school site
  • entrance plaza with wider path, pedestrian guarding and improved pedestrian and cycle routes into the social learning spaces
  • external sports facilities including; football pitch, running track, 100m sprint track, long jump, table tennis tables, three court MUGA and basketball
  • positioning of new buildings frees up more space for hard and
    soft landscaped areas (useable external space will increase by circa 1,100sqm)
  • sports and performing arts block shields outdoor spaces from A3 noise and pollution.

Our initial response is that this is a good quality scheme, modest in proportion and well planned to reflect modern educational needs. The exhibition PDF is here and you can comment here

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Last Updated on February 25, 2023 by Kingston Society