St John & St James CE Primary School

Primary extension

Large extension to St John and St James CE Primary School, Edmonton, London

“This is a great place to be and each day I come in and thank God for the privilege to be working in a great space…Thank you again Tom, Dominic and Jon, for all you have done to create a wonderful building for ‘our learning community.”

Heather Knightley, Headteacher

Together with the London Borough of Enfield, the London Diocesan Board for Schools expanded St John and St James Primary School from one to two forms of entry plus a nursery.

The new main building extends over two floors adjacent to and accessible from the original school building and includes a new nursery, a small hall and pairs of Reception and Year 1 classes on the ground floor, with older classes in pairs on the first floor. All these rooms group around an atrium transition space for gathering and breakout learning.

The landscape radiates from the atrium floor to give a range of play at different speeds, through the classrooms beneath the vaulted translucent canopy, across the sports track and soft border of habitat to the new multi-use-games-area (MUGA) shared with the community.

Service: Architects

Location: London, Edmonton

Client: London Diocesan Board for Schools, London Borough of Enfield and St John & St James C of E Primary School

Cost: £5.1m

Areas: New extension & pavilion 1800sqm, remodelled 1970s school 1200sqm, landscape, playgrounds, games courts and canopy 4750sqm

Dates: Feasibility Study July 2008, Planning March 2009, full design & five-phase construction January 2010 – January 2012

Contract: SBC/Q 2005


Shortlisted 2012 New London Awards


Architecture Today, AT Handbook, 45, October 2012

Building Design, 25 May 2012,  Click here to be taken to the text we wrote for the article.

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