We were commissioned on behalf of the Girls’ Day Schools Trust, in conjunction with Project Managers Lendlease, to assist Putney High School, a leading independent girls school in south west London, with their programme of enhanced facilities and extended Curriculum. The first stage of the project involved an increase to a Section 106 Agreement-enforced cap on pupil numbers from 976 to 1,060 pupils as well as the erection of a temporary science building. The second phase, which the first stage facilitated, involved the demolition of an existing two-storey science block to be replaced by a state of the art four-storey Science, Music, Drama and Debating Centre.
The increase to the capacity cap was crucial to help the School realise its ambition to provide a consistent four-form entry through the junior and senior Schools, which will improve the parent and pupil experience by enhancing the teaching space available and widening the Curriculum. In order to justify the acceptability of the increase, it was crucial to ensure that a robust Travel Plan was submitted (in partnership with WSP) and that the proposals minimised any potential impact on neighbouring residents and the surrounding highway network. With regard to the built structures of Stage 1 and 2, we carefully advised on key matters such as design, retention of trees and protection of the amenity of neighbours during the construction phase.
Planning permission was granted in November 2017 for 1,389sqm of high-quality temporary teaching accommodation and landscaping improvements across the School site, plus an increase in maximum pupil capacity. Planning permission for the new Science, Music, Drama and Debating Centre was granted in September 2018. Once complete, the temporary teaching accommodation block will be removed.