Holy Trinity Primary School, Dalston
With no funding available and increasing demand for primary school places, the design solution was a simple pragmatic approach within the dense urban context. A replacement two form entry primary school built at ground and first floor with a double height play deck at second; and 101 new apartments above to cross-subsidise the school's expansion programme.
With a gestational period of some 3 years this air-rights development began in June 2009 and grew in scale as funding diminished and greater cross-subsidy was sought. What began as a replacement school masterplan quickly became a metropolitan piece of architecture.
This development of a school and private sale apartments is the result of joined up thinking in how to deliver both much needed additional school places and new homes in the capital.
With the doubling of pupil numbers, classrooms and ancillary space, the dilemma was where to put the additional playground, sports and outdoor learning space. The play deck was formed increasing the overall outside space by over 100%.
Client: Holy Trinity Primary School, London Diocesan Board for Schools & Telford Homes Plc.
Size: 12,810 sqm - 3,260 sqm, Education & 9,550 sqm Residential
Completion: Autumn 2016
Photography: Matt Clayton Photography