Program: Extension from 1FE to 3FE school
Client: London Borough of Newham
Phase: start design

Maccreanor Lavington have received planning permission for the expansion of an existing one form entry (1FE) school to a fully integrated three form entry (3FE) school and new facility for two year olds. The new-build component consists of a new hall and entrance block (Block A), a new Key Stage Two building (Block B), and a new Reception and Library building (Block C). The existing Year Two classrooms and Two Year Olds Provision will be extended.

The combination of new-build elements and reused existing school building is intended to form a single cohesive new school, with a new identity and increased community access. The proposal seeks to minimise the development footprint and retain the green open character of the school.

The new building fronting onto Roman Road provides the opportunity to improve and transform the public identity of the school. This will be achieved architecturally through the proximity of the building to the street, and visually through new signage. This building will contain the relocated main entrance for visitors and also encloses a new entrance forecourt which serves as the principle arrival and departure point for pupils. The secure boundary is set back to create a wider pavement and establish a stronger relationship between the street and the school.

The building and landscape designs are intended to be complementary, with an increase in planting, usable play space and biodiversity. Landscaped courtyards will be used by children of different age groups, creating both defined, and for the youngest children, protected spaces for play.