Planning permission secured for St Dunstan’s College


Bond Bryan have recently secured planning permission for St Dunstan’s College – a co-educational Independent school in Catford, London Borough of Lewisham – seeking to upgrade their facilities and redevelop their campus. The scheme combines a new all-through Junior School and a STEM Building for the Secondary School into a single integrated building, adjacent to the College’s main building.

Bond Bryan worked closely with the College and its stakeholders to develop a solution that fully addressed the concerns of the Local Authority. The primary school will include a full suite of teaching accommodation, staff and support spaces. The secondary school creates a new central HUB comprising a lecture theatre, sixth form centre with social/IT spaces, teaching spaces, design & technology workshops, science labs and maths classrooms.


Bond Bryan’s solution was to deliver a simple compact and linear building, responding to the planning constraints and minimising construction on the adjoining playing fields (designated metropolitan open land). The split-level building and landscape take advantage of the site topography by stepping up from the front to the rear – primary school at the front and secondary school at the rear and “stepping up through the learning journey”


The solution retains, showcases and restores the headmaster’s house at the front of the site. The junior school wraps around the headmaster’s house, linking the old with the new via a light-weight glazed link.

Zubin Masters, Director at Bond Bryan explained: “Our design for the site delivers a bespoke solution to revitalise an established and prestigious independent school through a new elegant and contemporary brick building and associated landscape areas.


Architecturally, the solution aims to be a contemporary addition to the site that is a sensitive response to the historical locally-listed College building. The elegant brick facades aim to reflect the proportions, materiality and features of the historical building, albeit in a contemporary and timeless language.”


Construction on site is planned to commence in Autumn 2019 with a completion date in Autumn 2021.

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