Thackeray Estate to return Castle Club school to life

Plans by The Thackeray Estate to completely refurbish and restore the Castle Club school building on the corner of Broomhouse Lane and Daisy Lane, for Fulham Prep School’s new senior school, have been submitted to Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Originally founded as a “ragged school” in 1855, the historic Grade II listed building is located within the Hurlingham Conservation Area in Parsons Green, and has fallen into a state of disrepair over the years following diverse uses including as a school, youth club and, in the last decade, as a residential dwelling.

Designed by Darling Associates, the plans will return the landmark building to its original use as a school, including the full restoration of the historic structure and the incorporation of modern facilities. A proposed modern extension will also introduce the necessary additional floor space needed to bring the building up to modern schooling standards.

The revitalised building is designed to function as a secondary school for up to 300 Fulham Prep School senior pupils, aged 13-19. Fulham Prep School was selected after bids were submitted to Thackeray from the many schools which wish to locate in the area. One of the reasons why Fulham Prep was selected is because most of its pupils live locally and currently walk to school. It is expected that most senior school pupils (aged 13-19) will walk to school, cycle or use public transport.

Charles Thompson, Development Director, The Thackeray Estate, said: “These proposals will … restore a much-valued local landmark, as well as providing a home for Fulham Prep School’s new Senior School.”

Damion Burrows, Director, Darling Associates, commented: “Our design will reinvigorate and reinstate a local landmark building, while fully respecting and retaining the school’s historic character and principal architecture. The new extension is designed to sympathetically integrate with and mirror the school’s massing, carefully unifying both historic and contemporary design, and further enhancing the existing streetscape in this conservation area.”

Consultation has been undertaken, including a Public Exhibition, discussions with The Fulham Society, Hammersmith & Fulham Historic Buildings Group, other local residents’ groups and the Council’s Design Review Panel.

Subject to planning consent, work will commence Autumn 2017 with completion by June 2019.

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