Calming and welcoming
Hawkins\Brown for London Borough of Southwark
Contract value: £8m
Cost per m²: £2,968m²
This new building doubles the Ivydale’s capacity to accommodate KS2 children in a four-form entry primary school. It sits near a Victorian school building yet still feels part of the same school. The strong distinctive graphic and colour scheme on the front facade continues within. This colour palette is calming and welcoming, while providing students with a more 'grown up' feel as a stepping stone to secondary school.
The entrance to the school over a zebra crossing is large, secure and works well for visiting classes of 30 children from the Victorian building. They enter into a large circulation room with a staircase leading up to the first floor. This space doubles up as another hall space for whole school assemblies with the stairs used as tiered seating.The plan of this new school works very well and is easy to navigate for students, staff and visitors.