The 40 week project for the German School Association will run until summer 2012 and is valued at £4.5m. It will provide pupils with additional space and improved facilities, including classrooms, a music room, an arts and craft room and office space.
The German School is sited on a small pocket of land in Richmond owned by the German Government and provides schooling for 750 children from nursery to sixth form. The school teaches a mainly German curriculum, and German is also the main language spoken on the premises.
The campus sits within a conservation area, in the grounds of a Grade II* listed building, from which the new parts of the school must not be visible. The design of the new building therefore incorporates ‘green’ walls, covered in climbing plants, which make the extension less visible.
The building has been designed with sustainability firmly in mind, with a focus on the use of trees and natural lighting; the selection of materials which will minimise maintenance and cleaning, and natural ventilation systems.
MD of Apollo Education, Jeremy Eavis, said: “We are excited to be part of this new build project, which is sensitive both to the needs of the children, and also to the local environment. This project reinforces our reputation in the independent school sector, alongside projects such as those at Sutton High School and Westminster School.”