Well done Holy Trinity and Team Holy Trinity! The project is a finalist in the Mixed-Use category for the AJ Architecture Awards.
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The redevelopment of Holy Trinity Primary School demonstrates a bold but pragmatic approach to delivering new homes and school places in cities, challenging standard models of mixed-use development to integrate uses in a way that increases community access to exemplary facilities and helps to create a vibrant place.
The design incorporates 101 apartments above a new two-form entry primary school, separated by an innovative double-height, open-air play-deck that significantly increases the space available for outside learning, sports and play. The play-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 successful integration of uses onto a single site was the result of a careful, iterative design process and an in-depth understanding of how both the educational and residential elements can work together in a mixed-use development where one use does not compromise the other. The success of the solution is testament to a design team that asked ‘what if?’ and a client who was willing to ask themselves ‘what if we do?’
The apartments above, incorporating a rooftop garden and views across London, generated sufficient value to cover the total cost of the school construction, offering an alternative financial delivery vehicle for the provision of much needed school places, homes and community facilities without public subsidy.
We believe that the success of the project in delivering a mixed use scheme, without one element compromising the other and without the need for public funding, represents a repeatable model that can be implemented on many similar urban sites. The major of London described it as ‘a perfectly genius proposal’.
Read more about the project and see some great photos here.