Tufnell Park School
London Borough of Islington
The school’s current buildings are well beyond their serviceable life and do not support modern education delivery that the school are aspiring to. The proposal is to rebuild and expand the school, on the same site, from the current 320 students (1.5 FE) to a 630 students (3 FE) with a 72 place nursery and 2yr old provision.
Community and school consultation was a key aspect of the design development. This dialogue occurred at every stage, from the placement of the building on the site and the adjacencies of spaces, to the materials and visual appearance of the building, enabling a broader and more rounded view of the written brief.
The new build project will support the school’s vision for learning by providing the best learning experience for the whole school community, each classroom will be the centre for transformational learning complimented by a series of shared and group spaces. Spaces are designed so that they do not restrict innovative use and allowing for flexibility of use over time.
The school has a developed a cherished identity and role within the community and it was imperative that this wasn’t lost in the transition from 1.5FE to 3FE. The new building will meet the needs and services for the immediate and wider local community, further developing and promoting the school as central to the community it serves and give a much needed resource to the local residents.
The proposals look to enhance the urban fabric by connecting to a wider context than the immediate site. The building will give a new rich visual presence of the school to Carleton Road and an improved addition to the urban grain, strengthening the street edge. The building gives a positive civic presence through the refined used of materials and colours. The material palate of high quality bricks and stone bands directly relates to the language of neighbouring buildings, cementing its place in this conservation area. The proposals embrace the significant landscaped setting and the ‘Site of Importance for Nature Conservation’ classification. Despite increasing in capacity, the building footprint is smaller than the current arrangements, which allows the play space and interaction with the landscape to be absolutely maximised, including roof space as play terraces.