Talent House/Sugar House Island Primary School

Development of studios for two urban culture organisations and a 2FE Primary School.

Part of the Strand East Masterplan, this water-bound development will transform 26 acres of an historic region in east London into a mixed-use area of offices, homes, restaurants and more. For its part in the project, Skelly & Couch will be involved in two aspects of the masterplan; the development of a new home for two urban culture organisations called East London Dance and Urban Development and the construction of a new 2-form entry primary school to serve the residential development at Strand East.

The aim will be to create new dance and music studios for East London Dance and Urban Development to create the UK’s first National Talent House for urban culture in Stratford. Skelly & Couch will adapt the base build which was originally designed for typical office use to meet the client’s unique needs, such as high acoustic separation requirements with box-in-box constructions, specialist lighting rigs and daylight black out requirements for shooting videos and digital broadcasting; this is in addition to sprung flooring systems for the dance studios. Alongside this, energy conscious and flexible services will be designed that cater to both the client’s current and future requirements whilst still being mindful of sustainability. The project is currently set to achieve an EPC A rating and has a BREEAM 2014 New Development ranking of Very Good.

Skelly & Couch will also provide stage 3 and 4 MEP design for new-build Sugar House Island primary school, which will serve the significant residential development at Strand East. The school will offer accommodation to 420 children and be run by School 21 - a nearby all-through school which is very well regarded locally. Centralised mechanical ventilation will be used throughout the building, an unusual feature for schools, but it is hoped that this will result in ‘demand-controlled’ ventilation throughout the teaching spaces. Also, an Air Handling Unit (AHU) has an integrated heat pump efficient mechanism for providing tempered (pre-heated or cooled) air to the building. There is a targeted BREEAM rating of Very Good.

Both projects will be connected to an energy-efficient, site-wide district heating connection.