AAB architects have been appointed as conservation architect for works to repair a listed schoolroom and schoolmaster’s house in Hackney.
Located at the crossing of the River Lea at Lea Bridge, St James’ Infants school was built by the parish in the middle of the nineteenth century, probably to provide education for the children of canal workers. However, for most of its life the building has used as premises for various businesses, including glass bottle manufacture and metalworking, and is a remnant of the once thriving waterside industrial area. Built of Kentish ragstone with limestone dressings in a Tudor-gothic style, the building has suffered the effects of neglect and water penetration over a period of years, and now needs substantial repair. Unfortunately a recent flood caused by a burst water pipe nearby, currently being repaired by Thames Water, has caused further damage to the building fabric