Local authority: London Borough of Southwark
Project type: New build
Architect: Haverstock Associates
Products supplied: Integral finger guards (Alumax)

Completed in 2018, the design of this award-winning school building was key to the extensive regeneration of the local area.  It sits centrally in the regeneration area, forming a key part of the masterplan, and has an eye-catching frontage which celebrates learning.  

This modern education space uses our integral finger guard throughout – keeping children’s fingers safe without compromising on aesthetics, while being durable enough to last in a high traffic school environment.

Award-winning design

Decorated with the Local Authority Building Control Excellence Award in 2018, the school is set around a central ‘heart space’ which provides a range of uses to aid learning, as well as provide space for community groups when school is out.  According to the architects, the spiral staircase in the heart space is a focal point – “specifically chosen for the children to use and enjoy, given many live in run down housing estates where stair cores are of poor quality”.

Classroom areas cluster around the heart space and external courtyard, providing access around the school, and offering breakout areas, group rooms and access to external learning spaces which are integrated into the first floor terraces.

The outside space includes a flood-lit games area, allowing for extended community and school use during late afternoons and evenings in wintertime.  Plus the large roof terrace provides space to grow fruit, vegetables and plants.



Why our integral finger guard was chosen

Our integral finger guards are ideal for new builds and major refurbishments and have been used on several projects designed by Haverstock Associates – including Livity SEN School in London Borough of Lambeth.  

They are also used regularly by London Borough of Southwark, including Southwark Park Primary School and six others as part of the recent batch constructed by Galliford Try and Morgan Sindall.  

  • Our integral finger guard designs out the problem of trapped fingers 
  • They last the lifetime of the door, removing the need for regular replacements
  • They save between £500 and £1,000 per door over 25 years compared to plastic



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