Little Ilford School Expansion

The expansion at Little Ilford School sees it increase from ten forms of entry to 12 with a maximum student role of 1,800 as part of Newham’s secondary school expansion programme. We’ve worked closely with the School and the local authority to establish the specific accommodation to provide enhanced academic and pastoral provision.

Our design includes a new three storey humanities and languages classroom block at the south-west corner of the school’s site, a single storey entrance pavilion to the Rectory Road frontage, a special educational needs timber cabin and associated new landscaping.

These buildings  not only integrate within the layout of the existing school buildings, but  also unlock additional external amenity and social space, making best use of the whole school site for all.

A high-quality palette based around brickwork, concrete plinths and aluminium panelling complements the school’s existing architecture and provides a striking new identity for Little Ilford which is in-tune with its corporate branding.

In order to minimise on-site construction time and potential disruption to both the school and surrounding neighbours, off-site modular and modern methods of construction were utilised. The buildings are designed to be low energy and to have low carbon emissions.

On-site car parking was maintained (but not increased in numbers) with the additional students and staff ‘framed’ within a sustainable Travel Plan which also includes electric car charging and additional cycle parking spaces.

To see a video of the modules being installed, click here.

  • Client:London Borough of Newham
  • Location:East Ham, London
  • GIA:2,530m²
  • Status:Complete Spring 2023
  • Consultants:Ingleton Wood (BREEAM), TP Engineering Services (M&E)
  • Contractor:Lengard & M-AR
  • Photography:Exterior Photography Rachel Ferriman; Interior Photography Neil Craven (Harris Associates); Drone Photography M-AR
  • Awards:Education Project of the Year, MMC Awards 2024 (shortlist)