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Historic planning achievement for Hopkins September 25, 2008

The Henrietta Barnett School and Hopkins Architects were this week granted a historic planning permission for the redevelopment of The Henrietta Barnett School.

The School is located in the heart of the conservation area of Hampstead Garden Suburb. Founded in 1911, the main body of the school is a Lutyens-designed Grade II* Listed Building.  
Subsequent buildings have been created over time around the Lutyens core in an effort to meet curricula requirements, but none have fulfilled the needs of this top performing grammar school.

Since the early 1960's, some 17 schemes have been developed, but none of them have received Planning Permission until now.

Hopkins was asked to evaluate the entire school campus, including the consideration of the refurbishment of the two listed buildings, the treatment and use of external spaces and the need for new buildings. The reorganization of the existing buildings reduced the need for new buildings to 1,100 sqm, a substantial reduction in massing compared to other schemes.

In order to achieve Planning Permission, Hopkins have carried out extensive consultations with a number of stakeholders including, Barnet Planning Authority, English Heritage, the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, the Victorian Society, the 20th Century Society, the Lutyens Trust and CONSAM (Conservation and Amenities Committee).

Headmaster Oliver Blond said "this is an important and long-awaited day in The Henrietta Barnett School's history.  We are delighted to be working with Hopkins Architects who have shown great respect for the existing listed buildings and yet managed to generate a superb contemporary solution for our school."

The project is being funded from a DCSF grant awarded to the School in March 2008, following a feasibility study and grant application prepared by the School and the Architect.

Hopkins are concurrently on site at Bryanston School with a Music School comprising a three-hundred seat auditorium, recital and teaching spaces, practice rooms and a special modern music department.  This is another challenging commission since the new building will occupy a key position in the stunningly beautiful Dorset site with elevations facing onto the grade 1 listed Norman Shaw Building.  Their Science Department on the same campus received a BCSE inspiring design award (British Council for School Environments) earlier this year.

The practice is working on Building Schools for the Future projects with the aim of maintaining the highest levels of design quality and sustainability to ensure future generations of children have the best school environments.