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Stonebridge School listed at Grade II

Stonebridge Primary School in Willesden, north London has been listed as a building of national importance following an application by the Victorian Society.

The Victorian Society put Stonebridge School forward for listing last year.

'We are delighted that this exceptional school is now nationally recognised and has some protection from demolition. The quality of Stonebridge's design is very high and it represents a remarkably complete piece of working heritage,' said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'It still has its original 'manual instruction' workshop, school keeper's house and other outbuildings.'

The building has been at risk; in 2008 outline planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of the site, including the demolition of the school and all of its outbuildings. The plan was to use the money raised from the residential development to build two new schools on an adjoining site.

It's not clear what the London Borough of Brent now has planned for the school, but its listed status gives it a greater chance of preservation.

Stonebridge School on Shakespeare Avenue is one of the last nineteenth century buildings still standing in its neighbourhood and has served the local community for 110 years. It was built by GES Laurence, a Willesden School Board architect who was known for his exuberant and ambitious designs and who gave this area of London school buildings that were larger and more imposing than those found in many other suburbs.

In 2008 the school was placed on the Victorian Society's list of the Top Ten Endangered Buildings in England and Wales.

'This is a fantastic outcome for a threatened building and we are now much more optimistic about its future. Around the country we have seen how versatile and durable historic schools like Stonebridge School can be. With a little imagination and care, buildings like this can easily accommodate modern needs.'

Friday 23 October, 2009

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