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Lambeth treasures strike gold

Dazzling Lambeth school buildings that ‘stretched the boundaries’ of architectural design and technology have scooped an impressive haul of awards.

School building projects delivered by Lambeth Council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) team left judges unanimous in their admiration at the authority’s vision of 21st Century school learning at this year’s British Council for School Environments Awards (BCSE).

Lambeth projects collected no less than five awards at the BCSE Industry Awards Dinner held at the Delfina Restaurant, London Bridge, on Thursday evening.

Clapham Manor School scooped the ‘inspired design’ award as well as the Judges’ ‘Grand Prix Prize’ for its ‘truly brave, bright and colourful’ extension which was designed by architects dRMM.

Elm Court School won ‘Best school extension, refurbished or remodelled’ for its ‘exciting use of spaces’ created by changing floor levels.

Lambeth’s ICT education partner, RM, won ‘Best use of learning technology’, and Park Campus won ‘best outdoor learning environment’ for its good use of tight space.

Ty Goddard, Chief Executive of the BCSE, said: “Once again the design quality of the entries was extremely high. This year’s awards showcase the best of British school design. That Lambeth Council had winners in five categories, is a testament to the hard work and commitment of local authority staff to ensure the people of Lambeth have great school buildings.”

Mike Pocock, Lambeth Council’s BSF Director, added: “We have seen a number of truly remarkable school building projects in Lambeth in recent years which have brought about a massive transformation in the education environments in Lambeth schools. As Lambeth’s BSF project now enters its second phase there is much more to come over the next five years.”

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