Bouygues UK secures final BSF School in Tower Hamlets

12 June 2012

Aerial view of Bow School

Bouygues UK has secured financial close of Bow School in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This is the final school in the borough’s Building Schools for the Future Programme and the 17th school to be secured by the company in the UK, with 15 schools in the programme being built by Bouygues UK and two by its sister company Warings, representing a significant achievement for the construction company.

Bow School, which is designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects, will include three new buildings and will see the school relocated to a new site next to the canal in Bromley-by-Bow.  Improvements to the site’s existing underpasses and additional pedestrian crossings will be introduced along with enhancements to the surrounding pavements.   

The nine form entry school will accommodate boys and girls, as well as a substantial sixth form. The buildings are arranged around the landscaped grounds, giving great views over the canal and River Lea. A dedicated assembly hall, large sports hall and drama studios and roof top sports facilities are designed to maximise pupils’ learning experiences and allow regular community use. The design of the main block is organised around large atria, to bring a feeling of light and space into the heart of the building.

Bouygues UK has worked with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the Building Schools for the Future programme since January 2009 with the signing of the borough’s flagship schools St Paul’s Way Trust School and Bethnal Green Technology College.  To-date, Bouygues UK has handed over five schools successfully on time and on budget, with the remaining ten currently under construction or due to commence shortly.  The scope of the borough’s BSF programme encompasses a diverse mixture of new build and refurbishment and incorporates a range of bespoke design solutions unique to each school.

Bouygues UK has a long track record of education delivery, having successfully delivered primary, secondary and specialist SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools in the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Lewisham and Waltham Forest as well as the City of Westminster and Peterborough.

Managing Director of Bouygues UK Lionel Christolomme said: “The signing of the final school in the Tower Hamlets Building Schools for the Future programme is a real accomplishment for all involved and is testament to the close working relationships that have been fostered throughout the process.  We are enormously proud to have been such a key contributor to the Tower Hamlets BSF programme, both from a construction standpoint and as an ongoing investor in the future of the Tower Hamlets community”.

The partner responsible at van Heyningen and Haward, James McCosh, said: “We are absolutely delighted that our work with Bouygues UK, Bow School and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has enabled Financial Close for Bow School to be achieved. The design builds on both our school design expertise, and the knowledge gained throughout the Tower Hamlets BSF programme. The new school will provide an excellent learning environment for children and a great resource for the local community”.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Tower Hamlets Council, said: “Through this programme we are not only transforming the buildings in which students are taught, but we are improving the quality of education that is available to them by enhancing their learning environment.

“These improvements will benefit young people in this borough for generations to come.”

Work on the Bow Lock site started in May 2012. Students will remain at the current Bow Boys’ School and will be able to move to the new site in 2014.