Tuke Manton Architects were appointed by Armfield Construction to assist them with the construction of the new art, dance and drama building at Riddlesdown Collegiate in Purley. The works commenced with the demolition of the existing two storey dance and drama building which had reached the end of its useful life.

The new building consists of a ground and first floor and connects into the existing music building to form a comprehensive ‘arts’ building. A steel frame provided the main structure with precast concrete floors and infill masonry walls with uPVC windows.

The main feature externally is the panels of larch boarding between brickwork piers with a metal clad pitched roof. Tuke Manton provided the construction drawings, co-ordinating the building elements with the sub-contractors and providing support during the on-site works.