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AJ ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Stockwool and Rock Townsend’s Dalston primary wins School Project of the Year

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Holy Trinity Primary School in London by Rock Townsend and Stockwool has been named best school at the AJ Architecture Awards

‘So many people say that buildings are risk averse. Here is a great example of a bold approach that works.’ That was the judges’ verdict on this ‘exemplar’ school scheme.

Holy Trinity Primary School demonstrates a brave but pragmatic approach to delivering homes and school places in cities; challenging standard models of mixed-use development in a way that increases community access to exemplary facilities and helps to create a vibrant place. 

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The design incorporates 101 flats above a new two-form-entry primary school, separated by an innovative double-height play deck, which is open to the air. The deck contributes to the school’s exciting new identity, separating it from the residential above, projecting its civic role and defining it as a community hub and resource. 

The success of the solution is testament to a design team that asked ‘what if?’ and clients who were willing to ask themselves ‘what if we do?’ The result was more generous and better-organised classrooms and facilities, a 62 per cent increase in directly accessible outside space, often lost in urban school redevelopments, and an improved cross-subsidy. 

The arrangement also enabled the use of a combined heat and power plant to generate renewable energy. In all, said our judges, the project is ‘a generous proposal’ which is ‘leading the way’.

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Highly commended: Harraby Community Campus by Atkins

This ambitious project shows just what is possible on a tight budget when client and practice think big: a multifunctional building which is having a hugely positive impact on pupils’ wellbeing and achievement. 

Harraby Community Campus by Atkins

Harraby Community Campus by Atkins

Source: Andrew Lee

 Finalist: Alconbury Weald Primary School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Alconbury Weald Primary School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Alconbury Weald Primary School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Finalist: Amesbury School by tp bennett 

Amesbury School by tp bennett

Amesbury School by tp bennett

Source: Nick Guttridge

Finalist: Brent Knoll School by LSI Architects with Innes Associates

Brent Knoll School by LSI Architects with Innes Associates

Brent Knoll School by LSI Architects with Innes Associates

Source: Paul Riddle

Finalist: James Gillespie’s Campus by jmarchitects

James Gillespie’s Campus by jmarchitects

James Gillespie’s Campus by jmarchitects

Finalist: Kensington Primary Academy by Squire & Partners with Stockwool

Kensington Primary Academy by Squire & Partners with Stockwool

Kensington Primary Academy by Squire & Partners with Stockwool

Source: James Jones

Finalist: Moreland Primary School by Haverstock

Moreland Primary School by Haverstock

Moreland Primary School by Haverstock

Finalist: Smythe Library, Tonbridge School by BDP

Smythe Library, Tonbridge School by BDP

Smythe Library, Tonbridge School by BDP

Source: Hufton + Crow

Finalist: The Laboratory at Dulwich College by Grimshaw

The Laboratory at Dulwich College by Grimshaw

The Laboratory at Dulwich College by Grimshaw

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