St John's Primary School
A2Dominion/Rydon
Architecture
 
As part of the continuing transformation of the former Green Man Lane estate Conran and Partners have completed a new primary school, highlighting the importance of education to the regeneration of a community.

At an early stage of the wider masterplan’s evolution Conran and Partners recognised an opportunity to incorporate the adjacent St John’s Primary School into the broader regeneration. We worked closely with the school’s teaching body to shape and design this exemplar school, this inclusive approach has contributed to the success of the school building.

Utilising adjacent regeneration land allowed the school to remain open and pupils to move seamlessly into their new school. The redundant buildings are making way for 92 new homes, enabling funding for the school development. The new school has increased pupil capacity from 420 to 630, extending the form entry from 2 to 3-Form, plus a nursery with up to 100 places and provision for borough wide Special Educational Needs (SEN) as part of Ealing’s Additional Resource Provision (ARP).
 
The building creates a strong street form and conveys a mature learning environment while giving the new school a distinct identity. Natural materials have been selected throughout, from pre-oxidised copper to weathered buff brick, providing robustness and warmth. The design approach beyond the façade follows a more ‘homely’ narrative, encouraging an active, familiar and comfortable learning environment. The school’s domestic scale and pitched roof forms allude to a traditional house typology, emphasizing St John’s as an ‘educational home’ for pupils. Smaller scale elements such as timber toilet pods, canopies and colourful, intimate pop-out windows are used to create a secluded ‘home and garden’ feel for the children which allows a sense of calm and community to be created.
 
Photography by Luke Hayes
As part of the continuing transformation of the former Green Man Lane estate Conran and Partners have completed a new primary school, highlighting the importance of education to the regeneration of a community.

At an early stage of the wider masterplan’s evolution Conran and Partners recognised an opportunity to incorporate the adjacent St John’s Primary School into the broader regeneration. We worked closely with the school’s teaching body to shape and design this exemplar school, this inclusive approach has contributed to the success of the school building.

Utilising adjacent regeneration land allowed the school to remain open and pupils to move seamlessly into their new school. The redundant buildings are making way for 92 new homes, enabling funding for the school development. The new school has increased pupil capacity from 420 to 630, extending the form entry from 2 to 3-Form, plus a nursery with up to 100 places and provision for borough wide Special Educational Needs (SEN) as part of Ealing’s Additional Resource Provision (ARP).
 
The building creates a strong street form and conveys a mature learning environment while giving the new school a distinct identity. Natural materials have been selected throughout, from pre-oxidised copper to weathered buff brick, providing robustness and warmth. The design approach beyond the façade follows a more ‘homely’ narrative, encouraging an active, familiar and comfortable learning environment. The school’s domestic scale and pitched roof forms allude to a traditional house typology, emphasizing St John’s as an ‘educational home’ for pupils. Smaller scale elements such as timber toilet pods, canopies and colourful, intimate pop-out windows are used to create a secluded ‘home and garden’ feel for the children which allows a sense of calm and community to be created.
 
Photography by Luke Hayes
 
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Green Man Lane is retaining many of its existing residents, but is also attracting new families and the neighbourhood deserves a school that will give their children the very best place to learn.
 
Lee Davies, director of Conran and Partners and the lead architect
 
 
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