Construction for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in partnership with the education charity, ARK Schools is now underway with the job due to be finished next October
The three-phase project will involve the refurbishment of a Grade II Listed building which was once a library , and the construction of a new two storey building, to create the ARK Conway Primary Academy in Hammersmith, West London.
The scheme is one of the first of the initial batch of free schools which allow local people to have a say in their children’s education.
The newly constructed element of the school will be built to act as a barrier to the adjacent A40, creating a peaceful courtyard play area and providing a buffer against noise pollution.
Apollo is working closely with English Heritage and will build the school in materials which harmonise with the period brickwork and will restore the historic copper cladding of the dome of the existing library.
Managing Director Jeremy Eavis, said: “We are very excited to be involved with the new free schools at the outset, and we look forward to reporting our involvement in other, similar projects in the near future.
“Apollo is expert at working on tight urban sites, and we pride ourselves on understanding and responding to the challenges of working near residents and in occupied school premises.
“This will be a very special and unique school, and I think this project will really enhance the local community, as well as benefitting children who attend the school.”