The Boxing Academy

London

The Boxing Academy is an award winning school which offers an alternative educational approach realised through the discipline and ethos of boxing.

Currently the school operates from a converted mission house where the conditions are cramped and substandard for the 40 students currently receiving their education there. calfordseaden’s task is to provide modern and high quality accommodation where the school can expand to an intake of 72 students. This is to be achieved partly through the conversion of two adjacent, grade 2 listed Georgian houses but also the demolition of the existing Vernon Hall, the site of which backs onto the rear of the existing academy premises, and its replacement with a new building which can house the larger spaces required for the operation of the school, the boxing gym and the main hall. The challenge has been to achieve this significant change to the local townscape while dealing with two listed buildings and the whole site being within a conservation area and is overlooked by close neighbours. The whole site will be in education use with the main dining (multi-use) hall and kitchen available for out of academic hours community use.

calfordseaden have recently prepared designs which have been submitted to London Borough of Hackney for planning approval and, in the meantime are pushing on to prepare working drawings for the scheme development in order to meet the very demanding time scales required to keep the academy viably operational.