08 May 2014
At a central London awards ceremony this week our new buildings at the Whitehorse Manor Schools were awarded a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prize. The new buildings, recognisable by their distinctive golden façade, won in the ‘education and community’ category – one of only two school projects in London given an award this year. Only 20 awards were given in total and the school is Croydon’s only winner in 2014. The project, designed by architects Hayhurst and Co who also won an award for their design at the Hayes Primary school in Kenley in 2013, has taken over four years to complete and is now a well known local landmark. Jolyon Roberts said “The judges were impressed with how the new buildings complimented the older, more traditional buildings on our site. Now that the facilities are fully open our children are enjoying many new and learning improved spaces and we are offering more school places per year, which are very much in demand. Parents have been impressed with our new entrance and combined school office meaning you now don’t have to go to two different front desks to collect children in the same family. The design certainly has the ‘wow factor’ and we don’t have to explain to visitors where we are any more – the building is difficult to overlook!” The Trust has plans to open the building to the general public at the London ‘Open House’ event in September this year.