Northwood College for Girls, Hillingdon Borough Council

We were commissioned to prepare and submit a planning application for a new STEM building at Northwood College to facilitate the removal of temporary accommodation. The new building proposed to deliver ten new science laboratories as well as a new high quality main entrance to Northwood College including an exhibition/ makers space to host both schools and community groups. Extensive landscape enhancements were also included as part of the proposals.

The scheme had to be carefully considered in the context of the site’s constraints, including its location within the Northwood and Green Lane Conservation Area and proximity to adjacent locally listed buildings.

Our Solutions

Following a refusal at planning committee in 2019 (due to perceived heritage impact), this project involved revisiting the original project team and engaging a new heritage expert and landscape architect to review the scheme in heritage terms. A key part of this process was engaging with a communications consultants (who has extensive local insight) to establish whether there was a political backdrop to the Council's concerns.

Engaging with a new project team resulted in changes being made to the proposals and a number of extremely positive meetings being held with the head of planning. The LPA subsequently confirmed their full support for the scheme and recommended the application for approval.

The Outcome

We successfully secured resolution to grant planning permission for both the new STEM building and an extension to the temporary accommodation after Hillingdon Borough unanimously voted in favour of the proposal. A decision was issued in August 2020 following the completion of the legal agreement. The new teaching building has now been delivered on site and temporary accommodation removed.
The removal of the temporary science accommodation allowed for the School tennis courts (which the temporary building was on) to be fully reinstated, enhancing the School’s sports offer.