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New development at St Paul's Girls' School wins planning approval

John McAslan + Partners' transformative scheme for a major new development at St Paul's Girls' School has won planning approval.

St Paul's Girls' School is one of the UK's leading schools. The practice was appointed in December 2010 as strategic estate advisers to identify current and future development opportunities for the school's Brook Green site in west London. The school is predominantly housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building designed by the important Arts and Crafts architect Gerard Horsley in 1904. Over the last hundred years or so, various additions have been made to the site.

The aim of the strategic masterplan has been to ensure that future developments should complement and enhance the historic buildings, while also providing technology-rich learning environments. The plan has also sought to create greater space for reflection and relaxation for the students. The proposals include both new structures and interventions within the existing buildings.

The main new structure will house the sixth form as well as the history and geography departments, while the reconfigured Forum Building and link space will provide central staff areas, meeting rooms and offices. In addition, the DT block will be reconfigured to create a new lower ground level. There will also be a new pavilion at the sports field which will replace the existing inadequate facilities.

Construction of the sports pavilion will commence in April 2016, while the new building on the main site will start on site in the summer of 2016.

Hannah Lawson, Director at John McAslan + Partners, comments: "We are delighted that our proposal for the development of St Paul's Girls' School has received planning approval. Our ambitious reconfiguration of the potential within this challenging site can now be fully realised."

Clarissa Farr, High Mistress of St Paul's Girls' School, adds: "This is exciting news - the school is proud of its scholarly achievements and we will now be able to offer our students an immeasurably enhanced learning and living environment."

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