Grange Primary School, Bermondsey

Fun and friendly entrance

Grange Primary School, Bermondsey.
Grange Primary School, Bermondsey. Credit: Tim Crocker

Maccreanor Lavington for London Borough of Southwark
Contract value: £8m
GIA: 2,680m²
Cost per m²: £2,985

This project involves the addition of 105 pupil places and an improved school entrance. A dining hall, kitchens, nursery, library, offices and a new schoolhouse are located in a series of characterful pavilions on the street front, providing a dramatic public presence. 

  • Grange Primary School, Bermondsey.
    Grange Primary School, Bermondsey. Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Grange Primary School, Bermondsey.
    Grange Primary School, Bermondsey. Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Grange Primary School, Bermondsey.
    Grange Primary School, Bermondsey. Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Grange Primary School, Bermondsey.
    Grange Primary School, Bermondsey. Credit: Tim Crocker
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This undulating elevation animates the street and provides a fun and friendly entrance. The combination of light stock brick and dark metal roof references the original school and is detailed to present a civic character.

The hall is a large church-like space with a large picture window at one end looking onto the trees in the green space opposite the school. Student bathrooms adjoin the hall with the school canteen.

The new ribbon of buildings around the perimeter of the site wrap the site like a wall making the interior safe and protected – evidence of the great working relationship between design team and head teacher.

See other winners in the RIBA regional awards – London: Community 

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