Douglas and King wins go-ahead for 'free school'
[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Douglas and King Architects has won planning permission for this £2.1 million primary school in Barnet, North London
The scheme, which sits on a triangular site next to a railway viaduct, has been driven by a group of parents ‘in the same way as is being promoted by the Free Schools initiative’.
The 220-pupil school for Orthodox Jewish Boys will replace a group of temporary buildings currently used by the school.
The charity-funded project features a double-height courtyard which allows access to all the classrooms and recreational areas.
According to the London-based practice, the school will have three separate recreational spaces for the differing needs of the age ranges: a linear play area running parallel and adjacent to the viaduct’ a kindergarden play area; and a roof-top playground.
First introduced to the client in 2006, the practice has spent four years developing the proposals which has included ‘lengthy negotiations with the adjacent railway [owners]’ and resolving ‘complex land ownership arrangements’.