Case Study

Canary Wharf College East Ferry Celebrating a Love for Learning

London, UK

The Challenge

On a compact urban site with significant space constraints, HKS was asked to develop extremely efficient floor plans and adjacencies that could cater to a school’s needs within a reduced footprint.

The Design Solution

Through careful analysis of the school’s requirements, efficiencies were developed that allow the design to exceed the number of teaching spaces the original brief had assumed was feasible. Contrasting brick creates a silhouette of the surrounding London skyline, further helping to anchor the school in its neighborhood while creating a strong visual identity that has been adopted as the school’s logo.

The Design Impact

Canary Wharf College is a 280-pupil school for ages 4-11. Our work set a benchmark for what’s achievable in future school developments in London’s constrained urban sites. A subtle brick palette was chosen to complement the site’s surroundings and the branding and design ethos of this project is being expanded to two other schools in the city.

Project Features

  • 18,800 square feet (1,746 sm)
  • 280 students
  • BREEAM accreditation