Brandlehow School


Brandlehow Primary School is in Putney in the London Borough of Wandsworth,[1] the building was designed by Ernő Goldfinger and is Grade II listed.[2]

Brandlehow Primary School
Brandlehow Road

SW15 2ED

Coordinates51°27′41″N 0°12′25″W / 51.461370°N 0.206841°W / 51.461370; -0.206841
TypeCommunity school
Local authorityWandsworth
Department for Education URN101001 Tables
HeadteacherEllie Loughnan
Age3 to 11

Location Edit

The school is in Putney SW15 on the east side of Brandlehow Road, south of Wandsworth Park and north of the railway line between Putney station and Wandsworth town station.

Site history Edit

The original 'Brandlehow Road School' was a three storey building and opened on the site in February 1902,[3][4] the site was hit during bombing in World War Two, the London County Council Bomb Damage Map (1945) shows many buildings were damaged beyond repair.[5][6]

Building Edit

The existing building was designed by Ernő Goldfinger, it was built in 1950[2][7] and then opened by broadcaster Wilfred Pickles in June 1952.[8]

Goldfinger's design used his own innovative prefabricated reinforced concrete frame system,[9] also used at Greenside Primary School in Hammersmith and which used half the steel of standard steel-framed buildings at the time.[10] The building frame was infilled with red bricks in an 'L' shaped layout around the playground, with a single storey, including a taller assembly hall with full height windows looking into the playground on the west side, with classrooms on the north side, and a brick tower at the site entrance.[2]

An extension was designed by Goldfinger in the 1960s, this was not prefabricated and had less glazing.[11]

The building was listed as Grade II on 30 March 1993.[12]

Recent additions Edit

In 2005 an extension by team 51.5° architects was added also using prefabricated techniques,[13] the new building opened in 2006[14][15] and included a new wooden playground.[16]

The original Goldfinger designed school keeper's cottage was illegally demolished in 2007 by developer Rajiv Laxman,[17] Director of Abrus Ltd.[18] Laxman was fined £37,000 plus costs of £3,000 under the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990[19] and the cottage was subsequently restored in 2013 as part of a residential project.[20]

Further plans for building on the school were proposed in 2019.[21]

External links Edit

  • Brandlehow Primary School website
  • Historic England building listing
  • Video of the school in the 1950s

References Edit

  1. ^ website, Brandlehow School. "Home". Brandelhow School. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "BRANDLEHOW SCHOOL". Historic England. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Glory days to modern ways". News Shopper. 7 February 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Opening of Brandlehow Road School, February 1902- 1902". Wandsworth Local Studies and Archives. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  5. ^ JISC, University of Portsmouth, in collaboration with the National Archives and funded by. "High Explosive Bomb dropped near Brandlehow Road during the London Blitz". Bomb Sight. Retrieved 23 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Bomb Damage (1945)". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Brandlehow Primary School, Putney, London". RIBApix. RIBA. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  8. ^ Harwood, Elain (14 October 2021). Mid-Century Britain: Modern Architecture 1938–1963. Batsford. ISBN 978-1-84994-757-2. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Model demonstrating the assembly of a prefabricated concrete construction system for Westville Road Primary School and Brandlehow Road Infants School, Hammersmith, London". RIBApix. RIBA. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  10. ^ Hille, T. (20 January 2012). Modern Schools: A Century of Design for Education. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-91647-6. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  11. ^ Barker, Don (6 September 2006). "ArchitectureWeek - Building - Primary Prefab - 2006.0906". Architecture Week. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Brandlehow School, Wandsworth, London". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  13. ^ "CASE STUDY 5 Brandlehow School". The Architects’ Journal. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  14. ^ Barker, Don (6 September 2006). "ArchitectureWeek - Building - Primary Prefab - 2006.0906". Architecture Week. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  15. ^ "BRANDLEHOW PRIMARY SCHOOL EXTENSION". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  16. ^ "Brandlehow Primary School Treehouse Playground by PlayEquip". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  17. ^ Menhinnitt, Dan (22 November 2007). "Developer fined for demolishing Goldfinger's cottage". Sutton & Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  18. ^ "ABRUS LIMITED people - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  19. ^ "HISTORIC BUILDINGS PROSECUTION FINES NATIONAL DATABASE - LEAGUE TABLE [A]" (PDF). Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  20. ^ "Architecture Initiative breathes life into neglected Grade II Ernő Goldfinger scheme". Architecture Initiative. 15 April 2013. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  21. ^ "New Build Information 2019". Brandlehow School. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
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