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News archive - May/June 2018

Schools awarded Grade II listings

Schools awarded Grade II listings

A plastic classroom known as “The Bubble” at Kennington Primary School in Preston and Patty Hopkins’ high-tech Fleet Infants School in Hampshire are among the best examples of post-war schools around the country that have just been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England said: “We are pleased to have these impressive and diverse designs join the List, as they express imaginatively the new approaches to education in the post-war period. Careful and innovative use of materials distinguish the buildings and reflect the investment at the time.”

The newly-listed schools, which join 50 other listed schools from the post-war period, are:

  • Fleet Infants School, Velmead Road, Fleet, Hampshire, designed in 1984-5 by Michael Hopkins and Partners under Patty Hopkins for Hampshire County Council.
  • Springwood Junior School (1981- 2), Waterlooville, Hampshire and Bosmere Junior School (1982-3), South Street, Havant, Hampshire, designed by Hampshire County Council Architect’s Department under Sir Colin Stansfield Smith.
  • Vanessa Nursery School, Cathnor Road, Shepherds Bush, London (1970-72), designed by Fitch and Co.
  • Plastic Classroom at Kennington Primary School, Kennington Road, Preston, Lancashire (1973-74), nicknamed ‘the bubble’, was to designs by the Lancashire County Council Architects’ Department under Roger Booth.
  • Archbishop Temple School, St Vincent’s Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire (1964-6), designed by Building Design Partnership.
  • St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington, Kent (1966-67), designed by Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall and Partners (RMJM).
  • Richmond Primary School, Stoke Lane, Hinckley, Leicestershire (1968-70), designed by Leicestershire County Council’s Architects’ Department.
  • Wreake Valley Academy, Parkstone Road, Syston, Leicester (1966-71), designed by Gollins, Melvin, Ward and Partners (GMW).
  • Hopton Church of England Primary School, Thelnetham Road, Hopton, Suffolk (1973), designed by West Suffolk County Council’s Architects’ Department and opened in 1973.
  • Sprites Primary Academy, Stonechat Road, Ipswich, Suffolk (1970s), designed by Johns, Slater and Haward.
  • Secondary School Building, The German School, Douglas House, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey (1978-81), designed by German architects Kersten, Martinoff and Struhk.

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