Springhead Primary School is a brand-new, two-form entry primary and nursery school – with associated play facilities – located within the Ebbsfleet Garden City area in North Kent.
To produce a primary school, which is woven into the fabric of the new garden city residential development, we made use of existing urban design features in order to retain the community connection.
The main entrance connects to an existing plaza and, by extension, we have connected the proposed school to the existing open spaces and community centre. This enables a welcoming and inclusive environment which will support the needs of all students.
The form of the building responds to the existing urban design masterplan by using an L-shaped building form to make efficient use of the available site area.
The design takes inspiration from the Kentish vernacular by using a tapering parapet cantilever and high-quality materials to anchor the building within the existing context.
The existing building is to be fully refurbished with the operational accommodation and appliance bays being retained at ground floor level.
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