Children in this school are off to an exceptional start in education
Maccreanor Lavington for London Borough of Camden
Contract value: £18m
Cost per m²: £4,000
Kingsgate Primary School demonstrates a strong collaboration between architect and client to create a surprisingly generous inner-city school on a former industrial site. Set back from the street to avoid drop-off congestion, it provides new public space and connects to the neighbouring park, which was once an under-used dead-end.
The distinct saw-toothed and double-pitched rooflines pay homage to the industrial past and brings excellent levels of north light into the teaching spaces, while the grand multi-use assembly hall, with its huge volume and pitched roof, is on the scale of its Victorian predecessors. The flexibility of key spaces in the school for wider community use has a real chance of success. One senses the children attending this school are off to an exceptional start in education.