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
Source: Andrew Lee
Finalist: 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
Source: Nick Guttridge
Finalist: 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
Finalist: Kensington Primary Academy by Squire & Partners with Stockwool
Finalist: Moreland Primary School by Haverstock
Finalist: Smythe Library, Tonbridge School by BDP
Smythe Library, Tonbridge School by BDP
Source: Hufton + Crow