A state of the art new community multi-purpose hall facility for the high performing James Allen’s Girls’ School. Accommodation includes a 385 seat main hall, 26 practice rooms / classrooms and a full range of technical support facilities. On the edge of the Dulwich Village Conservation Area and in a predominantly residential area the building designs had to respond to both local planning and community sensitivities. The triple volume hall and a 3 storey cellular teaching wing are arranged to enclose a new school “quad” with a new main entrance foyer that becomes the central point of entry for the whole school. The building looks to add to the rich existing context of the school with well-proportioned brick facades of appropriate stature to create an attractive volumetric composition that complements the existing buildings. Interiors seek to elicit dramatic connectivity between levels and maximize flexible usage for both school and community. With a carefully considered environmental strategy, including passive ventilation for the concert hall, the building achieves a BREEAM Very Good standard.