The existing Victorian primary school has a main building to the street and various annexes scattered across the playground to the rear.
The main building in brick is of good quality but with the gymnasium and hall in the middle this hampers circulation unless activities are interrupted.
A new building of two classrooms and a specialist dyslexia unit have recently been completed, but the school management realised that a more thorough overall future development plan should have been produced before this was done.
Quay 2c were asked for a sketch scheme taking into account phasing of possible expansion of the school and improved access facilities etc.
A new all weather sports area has been created to the top south side of the playground. Our main move is to compliment this with an oval shaped open space or “seed” creating a structured sunny “void” for the children
to play in.
This space could be used at weekends for existing school events such as the art workshop fair while also allowing for open air theatre, car boot sales and more pragmatically, emergency service access.
Around the edges a covered colonnade will unite the old and new parts of the school resolving disabled access issues and allowing the children to go for lunch without having to get wet crossing the playground. The new build classrooms, dining hall and music rooms will be phased so that the school can keep running while work takes place. Solid timber panels are proposed as a quick form of sustainable dry construction.
This will compliment a series of on site sustainable energy producers ie wind, solar etc which can be monitored for use as educational tools.
Lydnhurst School, Camberwell, London
Expansion of the school and improved access facilities.