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Architecture Initiative scoops planning for £7m East London primary school

Emerging practice Architecture Initiative (AJ 11.02.13) has won planning for a £7million new-build primary school in Tower Hamlets

The project will enlarge the sites existing school, from a one-form entry in a single –storey building to a three-form entry in a new-build three-storey school.

Administration and community facilities will be located on the ground floor of the building with the main hall and studio spaces above, while the teaching block is designed to give all classrooms direct access to outdoor space.

Architecture Initiative's Olga primary school

The architect’s view

‘The main public spaces are grouped together within a single form, accommodating administration and community facilities at the ground floor with the main hall and flexible studio spaces housed above. The second element is the teaching block; all of the classrooms have been designed to have direct access to external teaching/play decks, enabling indoor-outdoor learning. Classrooms are grouped by educational level spread over three storeys, with the youngest pupils on the ground floor and the oldest at the top.

‘A glazed entrance spine that links all of the school facilities, providing generous circulation and gathering space within a light and airy environment. The existing heavily wooded perimeter of the site is incorporated within the new landscaping plan to create a protected environment around the school complex. This includes a new full-sized multifunctional hard-court which allows for school events and community activities. The simple and rational arrangement of the building ensures that it is easy to navigate around with short travel distances, facilitating efficient management and reduced building maintenance costs.’

Architecture Initiative's Olga primary school

Project data

Location Bow, London
Type of project primary school
Client Tower Hamlets Schools
Architect Architecture Initiative
Total cost £7million

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