IMPORTANT Website terms of use and cookie statement

Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel

by Henley Halebrown

Client Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel

Award RIBA London Award 2024 and RIBA National Award 2024

Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Nick Kane

A massive, brick cuboid sits quietly on the edge of South London’s Winstanley Estate. Large inner city housing blocks and the Clapham Junction railway tracks are its immediate, more raucous, neighbours. The new building is enigmatic, both part of the city yet apart from it. In its pale grey, tailored raiment, it has an air of a distinguished, benevolent onlooker.

Responding to the brief of school and chapel, the architects have created a fascinating typology in which each contributes to the overall form yet operates separately, each façade playing its part.

The school is entered from the south via a modest courtyard, while to the east the chapel façade breaks out from the building line above onto a small park in a beautiful play of forms. Deep courtyards enable naturally ventilated dual aspect classrooms, enhancing the wellbeing of the school’s 400 students, almost half of whom have special educational needs.

Read the full citation from the RIBA Awards Jury on RIBA Journal.

Contractor Midgard

Executive Architect HLM Architects

Masterplanner HTA Design

Structural Engineer Pell Frischmann

Environmental / M&E Engineer Desco

Planning Consultant Montagu Evans

Landscape Architect Farrer Huxley

Acoustic Engineer AF Acoustics

Building Control MLM Group

Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant Martin Arnold

Gross internal area in m² 5175

Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Nick Kane
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © David Grandorge
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Nick Kane
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Nick Kane
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Nick Kane
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © David Grandorge
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Nick Kane
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Nick Kane
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Henley Halebrown
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Henley Halebrown
Thames Christian School and Battersea Chapel © Henley Halebrown
keyboard_arrow_up To top