Basement Conversion in SW London School

Pupils at Finton House School in Tooting in south London are already learning about the benefits of creating more space underground, thanks to a recent basement conversion to their school in Wandsworth.

According to the Daily Mirror, the subterranean classrooms were built because the school had run out of space – and it now boasts a glass-lined stairwell that has been decorated with trees that means natural light can flood into the space.

Named the Emma Thornton Building, after a former headmistress and school governor, the underground room can accommodate 320 pupils, and took a year to build.

Registrar at the private school Lucy Wheeler was quoted by the news source as saying: “It has been designed to go under the playground to maximise the amount of space for children at the school in terms of classroom sizes and not take away any playground space.”

She went on to add that although the development has meant that there is now a lot more space for the students at the school, there will be no increase in the number of pupils coming through the doors.

London basement conversions are one of the biggest home improvement trends to have been seen in recent times, unsurprising since the work can add substantial value to a house as well as creating much needed extra space.