A new academy for Putney


Barratt London’s Putney Rise development assists the renovation of ARK Putney Academy

ARK Putney Academy, formerly known as Elliott School, has been at the heart of the Putney community since 1956. The academy helps local youths fulfil their ambitions through education and training, including note-worthy alumni such as former Bee Gees drummer Colin Petersen, cricketer Geoff Arnold and actor Pierce Brosnan. However, after nearly 60 years the Campus is in need of essential renovations in order to meet the community’s current and future learning needs.

Barratt London’s Putney Rise development is located on part of the land formerly owned by the ARK Putney Academy, and the sale has enabled the co-educational secondary school’s facilities to be refurbished and upgraded. Wandsworth Council commented that “without this, the pupils cannot learn effectively - the buildings are excessively hot in summer and cold in winter - and the school cannot function properly”.

The main buildings that house the Academy are Grade II listed and have been deemed as an architecturally important example of a 1950s school. Through the development of Putney Rise and additional funding of around £5m from Wandsworth Council, ARK Putney Academy renovations will include:

  • remodel internal areas of the main listed building, while preserving its architectural heritage
  • Installing better  insulated, modern glazing to improve year-round temperature and energy management
  • create brighter, more spacious and well-equipped classrooms
  • improve the energy efficiency and renew the services for the heating and lighting of the school
  • build a new four-court sports hall to the latest Sport England standards, and create a new outdoor multi-purpose sports area
  • re-landscape the remaining site

Putney Rise’s architecture takes its cues from the bold aesthetics of the listed ARK Putney Academy and the neighbouring art deco Manor Fields. The low-rise development is set in thoughtfully-planned landscaped grounds that will retain the existing mature trees and planting. The communal spaces will include a Woodland Garden with a grassed area, seating and play equipment, and is less than a five-minute walk from 400-acre Putney Heath, which leads onto the world-famous Wimbledon Common.

As well as the ARK Putney Academy, the development is close to several good schools including one of the UK’s leading independent girls’ schools, Putney High School, which is just a ten-minute walk away. Prospect House, a non-selective independent primary school that is well-known for its excellent academic results, is also a short eight-minute walk away.

Follow the link to read more about Art Putney Academy on wandsworth.gov.uk