The London Screen Academy

Islington, London

Project Details


The Secretary of State for Education


Willmott Dixon



Contract Period

25 months

Project Summary

London Screen Academy was a D&B project which involved the partial demolition of part of the central and southern section of the existing 4 storey plus basement building and replacement with a 3 storey plus basement building and a third floor roof amenity space, provision of replacement doors and windows to include ventilation louvres, reinstatement of door on Highbury Grove frontage; provision of bicycle and bin storage and new fence along Kelvin Road frontage; new glazed roof on single storey extension to the south, and removal of the existing single storey structure on roof, extension of two existing stair cores and lift overrun, and provision of new balustrade, photovoltaic panels and a sedum roof at roof level in order to facilitate the use of the building as a specialist Class D1 sixth form school.

The Building is Ladbroke House, a brick building built in the 1930s as a factory facility for radio and television manufacturer AC Cossor, the first in fact to start selling TVs to the public and so a prophetic forerunner to the building’s future role. By 1937, the owners of Ladbroke House claimed that it was “the “largest self-contained radio factory in the British Empire.”

“We’re surrounded by roads on at least two sides and we share party walls with adjacent housing. Because it’s such a tight site there’s also no laydown area for any kind of storage or assembly during construction. Access is limited too, we had to form a hole in one of the basement light well walls and everything, including all the temporary steelworks, tower crane and piling rig had to come in and out of that.”

“Refurbishment projects are an ideal opportunity to embed sustainable technologies. At London Screen Academy, we used the BREEAM ‘Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014’ standard.”