The site is located at 56 and 85 Bigland St in the vibrant neighbourhood of Shadwell in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Shadwell is a mixed neighbourhood with a long history associated with the development of London.
The site comprises of a 56 Bigland St which is the award-winning Darul Ummah school and 85 Bigland St which is a residential building. The school is a Grade II listed building in need of extensive refurbishment and expansion. The proposed community centre and school building is conceived as a new thin liner volume parallel to ER Robson’s original building. A new glass atrium will act as the link between the proposed linear volume and TJ Bailey 1885 extension. The atrium acts as a ‘breathing space’ between new old.