Morgan Sindall/ Islington Borough Council
The previous Moreland School site was used for Moreland School, a children’s centre and outdoor play facilities. The school had a standard intake of 30 pupils per year group (1 FE) within a building large enough to accommodate 2 FE, although the building was dated and in significant need of improvement.
Following extensive stakeholder consultation, Islington Council decided to redevelop Moreland School within a slightly smaller site area. A new school built on less land provided an opportunity for the Council to redevelop part of the site to deliver new housing within the Borough.
Within the new school site boundary the school building is now large enough to accommodate a 2 FE intake (420 pupils in total), 56 place nursery as part of the new primary school and a children’s centre. The new school includes appropriate recreation, training and support facilities, designed and mapped to meet the needs of the local community.
The solution to the new building on the reduced site resulted in a stepped three and two storey building. The site also has a half storey fall across the site from front to back, and this has resulted in an innovative solution of levels and internal organisation to reduce level changes within the learning spaces. The design is in keeping and sensitive to the surrounding massing context and has maximised the availability of external play space. To increase external learning environments, roof terraces have been created, to give unique play spaces and on upper levels, adjacent to classrooms, individual external learning spaces have been provided for years 4, 5 and 6.
The design brings together the school, nursery and children’s centre in a single building to promote sharing of resources, community involvement and better integration of external outreach services. The younger years learning spaces are located on the ground level to allow direct access to external learning areas and the excellent landscaped play spaces beyond. The high quality brick façade elevations are a result of the prominent nature of the new building within Islington and to add a richness of quality to the urban fabric and give Moreland Street a new street frontage.
The client had a very high environmental agenda and we are aiming for a BREEAM Outstanding rating. The environmental solution includes natural ventilation to all learning spaces, exposed concrete soffits to utilise thermal mass and extensive photovoltaic cells for energy production.
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