London Borough of Southwark
The design team and contractor worked in partnership with the school, the community and the London Borough of Southwark to provide a unique and innovative learning environment. Given its position at the heart of a developing master plan, the proposed school design has a strong civic frontage which celebrates learning yet also includes some characterful aspects to reference the primary age children including splayed windows, coloured fins and lively planting and manifestation.
Internally the new school is set around a “heart space” which will provide a range of different uses and activities during the day to support learning and out of hours to offer added value to the local community. Classrooms are arranged in two clusters around the “heart” and courtyard and have been designed with interactive circulation spaces with group rooms, breakout areas, innovative coat and bag storage and ‘shop fronts’ announcing the entrance to the classrooms. 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.
Photographs by Hufton + Crow