London Borough of Southwark
- Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist, 2019
- Shortlisted under the Education category for the New London Architecture Awards, 2018
- Local Authority Building Control Highly Commended for Best Educational Building, 2018
The new school sits centrally within a key regeneration area. The new build is two storey, and increases the current primary school size from 1 to 2FE with associated MUGA and landscaping. The new school was completed while the existing school was in full operation. We have enjoyed an excellent partnership with the school community, the contractor and the Local Authority and this has enabled us to deliver a genuinely world class design for the children of Albion Primary School, to make a huge contribution to the area and to provide high quality facilities for the local community.
The design of the school is set around a “heart space” an added value space for the school which can be used for break out from lessons, intervention, breakfast club and after school club and generally to support all learning. The “heart space” also contains a feature staircase specifically for the children to enjoy. Classrooms are arranged in two clusters around the “heart” and have been designed with interactive circulation spaces with group rooms, breakout areas and shop fronts announcing the entrance to the classrooms, giving opportunities to display the children’s work. The clusters respect the ages of children from nursery through to year 6 with varying arrangements to offer a true “rite of passage” as the children progress through the school.
Photography by ©Hufton+Crow and John Kees Photography