Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School

The design brief for a building can be complex and influenced by many issues. Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School presented us with the unique challenge of preserving the view of an historic church from the perspective of a modern school building.

Architect: Perkins Ogden
Fabricator/Installer: Fleetwood Windows Ltd
Main Contractor: Haymills Contractors Ltd

Bringing defining modern architecture to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Bishop Challenor School features an elevated section to meet this requirement and includes Dualframe casement windows, Elegance 52 ST curtain walling and 202 entrance doors.

This project comprises new and upgraded accommodation for a recently created federated school for 1700 students, situated on the inner city campus of an existing girls’ school. It includes boys’ and girls’ secondary schools, a sixth form centre for 16-18 aged students, and a community centre. At £29 million construction value, it is one of the larges DfES funded VA schemes. The building programme commenced in 2005 with the adaptation of the sole existing retained building. This was converted to a sixth-form centre for 350 students and has been occupied since September 2005. The first major new building was occupied in autumn 2007, with all phases due for completion by late 2009.

As the window design was in excess of the standard published sizes, Sapa Building Systems undertook project specific testing to ensure weather and mechanical performance would meet the required standards.