Commercial / Residential Architecture
The Old School, Simpson Street, is a Grade II listed, former Victorian school building, in Deptford, Sunderland.
The school closed in the latter half of the 20th Century and subsequently fell into disrepair whilst in use as artist studios, suffering from vandalism and arson attacks.
BDN Ltd acted as architects and engineers in the conversion and restoration of this much-loved building into a mixed-use development of contemporary office space and 8 loft apartments.
The process of restoring and repurposing the building began with removing years of rubbish and poor adaptations and alterations, which had been carried out as part of the buildings use as art studios. When the original structure and spaces had been revealed, the building was carefully restored and adapted, with the former teaching spaces being well suited to modern open-plan office space.
Historic features of the original design were revealed and celebrated, including restoration of the slate roof, stonework, timber roof trusses, timber sash windows, and internal glazed brickwork.
The development of Simpson Street has not only transformed the working environment for BDN but has also given a new lease of life to an important piece of Sunderland’s heritage.