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Henley Halebrown wins planning for east London primary school

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Hackney Council has approved plans by Henley Halebrown for a new primary school and an 11-storey block of flats in the borough

The Hackney New Primary School will hold up to 350 pupils, while the 11-storey building will contain 68 flats. Plans also include 298m² of shops and restaurants and the demolition of the existing vacant fire station on the site.

The 8,500m² project in Kingsland Road marks the second phase of a wider scheme by the practice in the east London borough, which saw the nearby Hackney New School, a secondary school, completed in 2015. 

Simon Henley, director of Henley Halebrown, said of the new primary: ‘The design uses the scale and composition of the apartment building’s façades and arcades at the base to give weight to this new public building. Equally, by situating the assembly hall next to the school entrance with its façade on the street, the design represents the school as a civic building for congregation. 

’On a fine day parents can sit on a concrete bench which runs the full length of this south-facing wall. When it rains I imagine they will take shelter under the arcade.’

He added: ‘The school substitutes internal corridors for open galleries that wrap around a landscaped courtyard. Adjacent to it the apartment building clusters eight apartments per floor around a central octagonal stair.’

Work is expected to start on site in April 2017, with completion scheduled for September 2018. 

Project data

Location 333 Kingsland Road, London E8
Type of project Primary school
Client Joint venture comprising EFA, Hackney New School Academy
Architect Henley Halebrown
Planning consultant CMA Planning
Structural engineer Techniker
Gross internal floor area 8,500m²



Source: Henley Halebrown

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