New Oldfield House

New Oldfield House


Proposals for the next steps in the strategy to improve the teaching and learning environment at John Lyon.


What we are proposing
John Lyon School is proposing to deliver a state-of-the-art STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) centre of excellence.

The new building – New Oldfield House – would provide specialist teaching areas for STEAM subjects and create additional classroom space to enable the reconfiguration of the rest of the School, so each department can function as dedicated hubs. This will improve the quality of the teaching environment and enable the introduction of new curriculum options, including Design & Technology and Photography. Increasing pupil numbers is not part of the plans.

Replacing an outdated building
To accommodate the new centre for STEAM subjects, the School is proposing to demolish the existing Oldfield House, a tired and unattractive 1970s building located on the eastern part of the School site, next to Crown Street. Access into and through Oldfield House is poor and the spaces it provides are not capable of being adapted to meet the future requirements of modern technology and teaching.

A sensitive and high-quality design
We are proposing that New Oldfield House is located further away from our neighbours in Crown Street. Sitting lower down the hill, the new building is designed to respect the height of existing buildings in the immediate area, and the design and choice of building materials have been carefully considered to make a positive contribution to the Conservation Area. The new location for the teaching block will also improve accessibility to this part of the School campus.

Our planning application
We have now submitted our planning application to Harrow Council. The application is supported by a range of plans and technical documents, which set out the details of our approach.

Full details of the planning application can be found on the council’s planning portal using the application reference P/1813/19.

Next steps
The planning application will now be processed by Harrow Council and we hope a decision will be made in summer 2019. If approved, our intention is to start construction of the new STEAM centre in spring 2020 and complete the new building by summer 2021. We would then demolish Oldfield House before the start of the new School year in September 2021.

Considerate construction
We are committed to minimising the impact of construction on our neighbours as much as we possibly can. A Construction Management Plan forms part of our planning application and can be accessed from the council’s planning portal. It sets out the restrictions on building work, including hours of operation, as well as how construction vehicles access the site. This will have to be agreed with Harrow Council prior to any work beginning.

Further information
If you have any queries about our plans, please call 020 7323 3544 or email newoldfieldhouse@johnlyon.org.


Imagery

Indicative northern view (produced by Forbes Massie Studio)

Indicative northern view (produced by Forbes Massie Studio)

Indicative southern view (produced by Forbes Massie Studio)

Indicative southern view (produced by Forbes Massie Studio)