Hatcham Temple Grove Free School

Hatcham Temple Grove Free School is an exciting, new, non-selective, bilingual (English/German) primary school for 420 pupils with an additional 55 nursery places, within the Haberdashers' Aske's Federation. The project involved the reinstatement, refurbishment and extension of the school following a fire which badly damaged the original Victorian building in 2010.

The plans by architects Jestico + Whiles create formal teaching spaces within the Victorian shell to a high modern standard, as well as varied informal teaching areas for the pupils which are distributed around the building. A new assembly hall large enough for whole school events has been carved out of the existing building.

Skelly & Couch’s site-wide refurbishment strategy involved the complete gutting of the vertically stacked, three-storey building to brick skin. The school was fully insulated to modern standards with new efficient boilers, while services distribution was rearranged to be more logical and better co-ordinated with the architecture and structure. We liaised closely with insurance underwriters and loss adjusters following the extensive fire and water damage. 

Skelly & Couch carried out full M&E, environmental and acoustics design for the new school, which opened its doors for two-form entry in September 2014.