The Thomas Fairchild School in Hackney was severely damaged by fire on 30 July 2009. The school building and caretaker’s house date from the last quarter of the 19th century and a children’s centre was built in the last few years. 

The school building was not on the statutory list or in a conservation area but was recorded on the Local Planning Authority’s list of locally significant buildings. We were commissioned by the Learning Trust (LB Hackney) to look at options for the site for the recovery site. 

We prepared ten options for consideration, with costs and structural assessment, ranging from reinstating the existing situation through to complete replacement. The school has now being rebuilt under a D&B contract by Hackney’s LEP partner using their architect Avanti.