Sector: Education, Regeneration
Client: Rydon Construction Ltd
Project value: £12.3m
Project stage: Technical Design
Gibberd has been appointed as executive architect by Rydon Construction Ltd to deliver the new build St. John's Primary school as part of the ongoing regeneration of the Green Man Lane Estate in West Ealing. The scheme has recently received planning approval.
The new building will allow the current school to increase in size and capacity with contemporary facilities and modern, engaging educational spaces. The new 3FE school will provide high quality teaching spaces, which optimises natural ventilation, daylighting and acoustics. The sports hall and canteen will provide community uses, while the rooftop play area will allow children to interact in a unique environment.
The site is on the north-eastern edge of the Green Man Lane Estate, surrounded by the 1970s high-rise housing stock (currently being replaced) and terraced housing to the northern edge of Felix Road. The residential context has been carried through the design in the massing and pitched roof form. Subtle use of materials and playful colourful elements integrate with the proposed residential units to provide a landmark for the estate and enjoyable spaces for learning.
Gibberd have worked collaboratively for our client in consultations with staff, facilities managers, and public representatives in preparing the detailed design of the school; implementing end-user requirements, creating efficient design-led solutions and defining comprehensive technical packages.
Located adjacent to the site of the existing St. John’s school, the existing 2 form entry and nursery will be maintained until construction works complete allowing for direct decant. A co-ordinated phasing strategy has been developed to enable pupils, residents and staff transition to new buildings with ease and as little disruption as possible.
Gibberd are continuing the detailed design for the school with groundworks due to begin in March 2016.