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Lister Community School, Newham BSF

Creating school identity through design

  • 8300

    Square Meters

  • 1350


  • London, United Kingdom

    London, United Kingdom

Providing inclusive teaching and learning across a diverse student body

This new 1350-place school comprises comprehensive education, social and leisure facilities which serve both the school and wider communities. As Lister welcomes in local people 356+ days a year, the design features a spacious agora at its heart. This bright and airy central space can be used for informal film screenings, meetings and exhibitions as well as acting as a gathering area for pupils during weekdays. A light ETFE roof allows natural light to flood into the agora and enables all-season usage.

In addition to academic teaching and learning spaces, the design celebrates Lister’s specialism in the performing arts with the inclusion of modern drama and theatre facilities. The school has also been resourced as London Borough of Newham’s centre for deaf pupils with every area being acoustically designed to provide leading-edge facilities for these pupils.

Creating a strong visual identity for Lister was a key design driver. Bold use of colour both inside and out, beautiful signage, playful graphics and unique branding combine to create a memorable sense of place. Lister’s distinct aesthetic provides students, teachers, staff and locals with a civic building to feel proud of.

At a Glance

  • Lister Community School
Partnership for Schools Award, Excellence, Best Design of a Remodelled School, 2010 Highly Commended
Meet Our Team

Christina Cattelan, Senior Associate, Project Leader

A head teacher recently remarked, ‘I can’t believe it, this is wonderful, exactly what you presented to us all that time ago.’ Sometimes delight is derived from simply joining the dots.
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Aaron Taylor, Senior Principal, Education Sector Lead

There is no greater complement as an architect than seeing students thriving in their surroundings, in spaces that have learning and enjoyment at their heart.
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Christina Cattelan

Senior Associate, Project Leader

Aaron Taylor

Senior Principal, Education Sector Lead

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