Launch of Space Studio West London

Project team (GSS & Farrans) pictured with Principal Andy Morgan and Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty with opening plaque.

Project team (GSS & Farrans) pictured with Principal Andy Morgan and Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty with opening plaque.

Space Studio West London has been successfully completed and was officially opened by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant Royal Air Force Cadets, on Tuesday, 24th January 2017.

The new Studio School accommodates 300 students, aged 14-18, and 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 develop a new approach to learning which, includes 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.

GSSArchitecture acted as Architects and Lead Consultants for this development, which is based at the Rivers Academy West London Campus, close to Heathrow Airport which was highly influential in the design process. The scheme was funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), for the Aspirations Academies Trust.

The new studio 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.

In her speech Air Commodore McCafferty reflected on the fantastic opportunities that are available at the school for young people in the local area; including residential trips to NASA in Houston & Florida.

Principal Andy Morgan said, “It is fantastic to have a building specifically designed to support our pioneering approach to education, as one guest commented it seems more like a work place than a school.”