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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’.

Douglas and King Architects' £2.1 million 'free school' in Barnet, North London - main elevation

Douglas and King Architects’ £2.1 million ‘free school’ in Barnet, North London - main elevation


Readers' comments (3)

  • A free school designed by an architect? Mr Gove won't like that!

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  • Very strange that there seems to be money for this but not for other community schools desperately needing rebuilds. If it is a "free" school, for which we all pay, it is presumably state funded, not charity funded.

    This is not Big Society, it is Big Stick. "We will bully our policies through, whatever people say".

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  • This is for 'orthodox Jewish boys'
    What about 'unorthodox Jewish boys?'
    What about atheists?
    So much for the 'big society'


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