When Chris and Jenny Looker converted this Victorian school, the near-derelict building comprised the original school from 1875 and several additions including a prefabricated canteen from the 1940s. It also included a 1980s extension built after the school closed in 1977.
The footprint of the building remains the same, but the couple have knocked down most of the additions and rebuilt the 1980s extension using materials and reclaimed items to match the original Victorian school. They have also extended upwards into the ceiling void, as the floor to ridge height is over 7.5m, making it viable to introduce a first floor inside the building.
Among the reclaimed architectural features are oversized (2.5m-high) doors previously used as dividing walls in a Victorian church and reclaimed patio slabs, originally from Leicester Square.
Project: Period school conversion
Build time: Mar 2011 – Dec 2012
Plot cost: £450,000
Build cost: £580,000