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Leesons Primary School

St Paul’s Cray

Client: Royal Borough of Bromley
Project Value: £3.8m
Brief: Extension to accommodate 6 classrooms, studio hall and ancillary facilities, re-organisation of the entrance and refurbishment of a disused block to create a nursery.
Sustainability Initiatives: Green roof & Photovoltaics

Leesons Primary School is located in St Mary’s Cray and currently hosts 210 students aged 4-11. We were appointed to design the expansion of the School from 1 Form of Entry to 2 Forms of Entry, along with the refurbishment of a disused day care centre to create a new nursery and works to re-organise the entrance and administration areas.

The new facilities consist of a single storey extension with a compact layout located on the southern boundary, obscured from the road by trees and the site topography in order to minimise the overall impact of the building on the site and its surroundings,

Inspired by its natural surroundings, the extension uses timber cladding and a sedum roof to create a contemporary look. The mass of the building has been broken up through manipulation of the layout and volumes, creating a feature of the central corridor which is clad in a composite metal cladding and lit from above by rooflights. The building has been constructed in a combination of modular and traditional construction methods, to maximise efficiency.

An external seating area has been created overlooking the playing field to be used as during break times and as an informal teaching to create an enjoyable outdoor environment for pupils and teachers alike. The school are already taking ownership of the spaces, with each class cultivating a planter and a local artist taking over spaces with themed murals.