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Maccreanor Lavington wins go-ahead for East End school

London and Rotterdam-based Maccreanor Lavington has scooped planning permission for this extension to the Roman Road Primary School in East Ham

The school in the London Borough of Newham is expecting to triple in size, expanding from a one form, to a three form, entry primary school. and adding a new facility for two years olds.

As well as a new-build hall and entrance block, two-storey wing, library and new reception classrooms, the wider plans include the overhaul of the existing building as it to form a single cohesive new school.

The project is the 60-strong practice’s first school scheme to win planning since snapping up the remnants of disbanded outfit Meadowcroft Griffin Architects.

Former Meadowcroft Griffin director Ann Griffin said: ‘We are pleased that the planners commended our design as raising the bar for school design in Newham and achieving design excellence. They recognised the great sense of care invested in school placemaking, and how we managed to successfully tackle the difficult issues of integrating existing and new, beautifully well.’

Work is expected to start on site in January 2014.

The architect’s view

‘The design of the new building fronting onto Roman Road responds to the need to create a new public-facing ‘identity’ for the school, with a shared entrance through which all pupils and visitors arrive. This inviting new entrance and forecourt, with the new enhanced facilities on site, seeks to draw in the wider community to engage with the school for extended out-of-hours uses.

‘Throughout the newly expanded school each year group is co-located to promote a sense of smaller scale home bases and to enable shared resources such as break-out spaces and small group rooms, known to strengthen creative learning and to ease the transition of pupils between year groups.

‘The building and landscape designs are complementary, with an increase in diversity of outside learning areas and usable play space, planting and biodiversity. Landscaped courtyards will be used by children of different age groups, creating both defined, and for the youngest children, protected spaces for play.

‘The massing, detailing and materials respond carefully to the context of the immediate surroundings and existing building. Light facing brickwork provides a good quality, long lasting and low maintenance façade, coupled with simple, crisp detailing and generously proportioned, deeply recessed openings to maximise daylight and ventilation.

‘The existing school will remain in use throughout the construction works by using prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels that reduce the site period and minimise noise and disruption.’


Fact file

Client: London Borough of Newham   
Architect and landscape architect: Maccreanor Lavington
Structural and civil engineer: MLM
M&E and environmental engineer: Con-Serv Ltd
Transport consultant: Peter Brett Associates
Arboricultural consultant: Arboricultural Solutions
Ecology appraisal: Biodiversity by Design
Archeology: Compass Archeology
BREEAM consultant: Stroma
CDM co-ordinator: Stace LLP
Surface water flood risk: Capita Symonds
Acoustic consultant: 24 Acoustics
Geotechnical appraisal: Site Analytical Services


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