Burntwood School, London

Project Background

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) architects were appointed to refurbish Burntwood School in south-west London, a 1950’s modernist education campus for 2000 pupils and 200 staff.

Six new buildings were created including four 4-storey teaching pavilions, a new sports hall and a new performing arts centre all placed amongst a number of retained buildings to form a complete and coherent campus.

In 2015, AHMM were awarded a RIBA Stirling Prize for this project.


Project Scope

Tenos was appointed by the project contractors Lend Lease to develop the fire strategy for the new and refurbished school and to negotiate design approval with the statutory authorities.


Tenos Solution

The fire strategy included the development of fire engineering solutions to justify a number of variations from standard guidance. This ensured the proposed architectural aspirations of the client could be realised including voids and double height spaces within the building to increase natural daylight and make connections to the exterior. Tenos fire engineers were able to successfully negotiate design approval with the necessary statutory authorities.