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Marks Barfield’s contest-winning school lands planning

[First look] Marks Barfield has won planning permission for this primary school scheme in Cambridge

Planned to open in 2015, the competition-winning project is part of the 150 hectare North West Cambridge expansion which will feature buildings by Sarah Wigglesworth, MUMA and Wilkinson Eyre.

The studio beat Walters and Cohen, dRMM and David Morley to win the University of Cambridge-backed project which was initially postponed when architects were chosen for site’s other individual plots in 2012.

Speaking to the AJ, Julia Barfield of the practice said: ‘We approached the project with an open mind. We did a lot of research on architects like Herman Hertzberger, Arne Jacobsen and Eero Saarinen.’

The circular facility will be called the University of Cambridge Primary School and will serve mostly families living on the new development.

According to a statement from the university, the design features an enclosed courtyard inspired by the traditional layouts of the famous city’s academic buildings.

Heather Topel, deputy project director for the North West Cambridge Development said: ‘The primary school will be the first building to open as part of the development in September 2015, the start of the academic year before residents arrive.’

‘It will be a natural meeting point for local families and children, and is therefore an important part of building the community at the North West Cambridge Development.’ 

Marks Barfield's competition-winning primary school scheme in Cambridge

Marks Barfield’s competition-winning primary school scheme in Cambridge

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