The first architects’ impressions of how the new King’s College London Mathematics School will look - inside and out - have been made public today.
King’s College London Mathematics School is a state-funded school for highly motivated students aged 16-19 with a particular aptitude and enthusiasm for mathematics. Students will study A level maths, further maths and physics as part of a broader curriculum including philosophy, economics, chemistry, biology, and the humanities. The school will open in September 2014.
The School will be based at Lambeth Walk in the London Borough of Southwark, a short walk away from King’s College London’s Waterloo campus, in an historic building that was once Lambeth Baths. A second site, just a few metres away with an entrance on Kennington Road, will extend the size of the school and create the sense of a campus.
The buildings are to undergo a complete interior refurbishment. The vision for the project has been to create a connected, spacious environment featuring well-appointed and varied learning spaces which encourage communication and creativity.
There will be five large classrooms, two modern science laboratories and a dedicated computing suite. The school will be a place where science, engineering and robotics come alive in the design laboratory where students can develop and test their ideas. Students will be able to collaborate closely in the numerous group rooms and break-out spaces which surround the core teaching and learning areas. At the heart of the school is a cafeteria connecting the various spaces, well-lit by the attractive windows at the front of the building, where students can share their ideas and relax.
‘Our Lambeth Walk building is a key step in turning the vision for the school into a concrete and cutting-edge reality, and I am very excited to have reached this stage’, said Dan Abramson, Head Designate.
‘The architects have created an amazing sense of space, light and elegance that is befitting of a school specialising in mathematics. They have been able to fit in everything that I wanted to make this school the special place that it deserves to be, and I can’t wait to see the robot-testing zone in action! The fun is in the details too – by using whiteboard paint throughout the building, we’re encouraging our students to share their mathematical ideas with each other continuously’, added Dan.
The school is still open for applications, with an application deadline of Friday 28 March. Further information and details for how to apply are available on the school’s website.
Dan Abramson is offering a tour of the school’s campus for university staff, at noon on Friday 4 April. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. The full address is 5 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6SP.