Performing Arts Centre, Putney High School

Type: Extension and Fit-out
Value: £3m
Duration: 46 weeks

Our new performing arts centre is truly amazing.

Suzie Longstaff I Headmistress I Putney High School

Modern and inspiring new facility for performance, music and presentation.

We were invited by the Girls’ Day School Trust to create a performing arts centre for Putney High School, designed to Stage D by GDST and Open London.

The design wraps a new skin around the existing building to provide extra storage, teaching and access facilities, balconies, retractable seating and a dividing partition. The finished result is a flexible, attractive new facility for performance, music and presentation.


Reversible oak and fabric wall paneling allows the school to adjust the degree of reflection and absorption to suit speech and music.

The main space is equipped with a sophisticated lighting and audio visual system – which the school used to impressive effect for its multi-media Christmas show performance of Queen musical, We Will Rock You.

The project was a finalist in the AJ Retrofit Awards for ‘Best Education Building’.