Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead

Children in this school are off to an exceptional start in education

Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead.
Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead. Credit: Tim Crocker

Maccreanor Lavington for London Borough of Camden
Contract value: £18m
GIA: 2,573m²
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.

  • Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead.
    Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead. Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead.
    Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead. Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead.
    Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead. Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead.
    Kingsgate Primary Lower School, West Hampstead. Credit: Tim Crocker
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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. 

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