GSSArchitecture acted as Architects and Lead Consultants for the development of a new Studio School, accommodating 300 students aged 14-18. The school specialises in Space, Aerospace, Science and Maths, in order to prepare young people for careers in Aerospace and Space related industries, such as skilled technicians, operators, engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.
Studio Schools adopt a different approach to teaching, through enterprise projects and real work, to offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications including, GCSE’s in English, Maths and Science, A Level and Level 3 BTEC courses. Space Studio works closely with industry to set real life projects for students to work on including, Heathrow, RAF, British Airways, BP, the National Space Academy, Surrey Satellites Technology limited and Hitachi Rail.
The school replicates a set of research buildings, including a mixture of laboratories, engineering workshops, food technology suites, and gym facilities as opposed to a traditional school layout. The contemporary design for Space Studio West London also incorporates open plan elements, such as central free learning and social spaces, with a new café. The scheme was funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), for the Aspirations Academies Trust.