The Tram House, Clapham

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The Tram House involves the demolition of the existing school building and the construction of a new four storey building with an additional basement to provide a new school for 36 pupils with autism and 40 staff.

The new building is arranged over 5 floors, comprising basement, ground and three upper floors.

The basement will be constructed of concrete with a steelwork frame and composite steel deck flooring to the upper floors.

The external envelope comprises a Metsec frame with glazed brick-setts to the ground floor and brickwork to the upper floors.

Windows are to be aluminium timber composite with full height glazing to the staircase. A green roof partially extends over the building.

The building will include heating and comfort cooling throughout with the mechanical, electrical and public health services fully designed by Michael Popper Associates. The building will be required to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good.

History of the Tram House

The existing building known as “The Tram House” is two stories and extends to 280 sqm GIA. It was previously used a repair workshop for the Trams and then trolley buses before being converted to an Architects studio in the 1980’s and subsequently into a school in the late 1990’s. It also has a disused basement that was used to access the underside of Trams for repair at the time.


Client: Beyond Autism
Architect: Maack Architects
Engineer: Engineering Design and Analysis

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