John Roan school – work finally begins

After many years of discussion – and a possible move to the Peninsula which won planning approval but was halted by tightened safety rules over the gasometer near the site – work on rebuilding John Roan School’s Westcombe Park Road site has begun.

Work there to lay the foundations for temporary classrooms at the back of the Westcombe Park Road site has now started. The new classrooms should arrive in March 2012, with demolition of the current building starting in July 2012 – just as the Olympics start – at the end of the summer term.

Over at Maze Hill, work to refurbish the current building and remove the existing temporary buildings will start in November 2012 – with the southern half of the building done first, then the northern.

Work on both sites should be completed by September 2014, allowing the school to open in its new buildings at the beginning of the 2014/15 school year.

A consultation group is being established by the school to ensure that neighbours in Wycherley Close, Westcombe Park Road, Vanbrugh Fields and other local streets are not unduly effected by noise, traffic or disruption. If any residents living near the school have questions about the council’s role in the project, or wish to be put in touch with the consultation group, please mail me at

I was at a meeting of governors and staff at the school in February and images of what the new building on Westcombe Park Road will  look like have generally been welcomed by students, parents and neighbours, so I hope it does not disappoint when it is completed. And at Maze hill the proposed new uses of the courtyards look stunning.


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