The McAvoy Group has completed an £8.2m contract for the design and offsite construction of a new 630 place primary school for Concordia Academy in Romford.
The 2,972 sqm three-form entry free school has created an exemplar learning environment for local children, reflecting the academy’s vision and ethos, increasing parental choice, and providing a valuable facility for the community.
Funded by the Department for Education via the Education & Skills Funding Agency, the school is operated by REAch2 Academy Trust - the largest primary-only academy trust in the UK.
It is designed by Blue Sky Architects.
The use of a McAvoy offsite solution for the project allowed the development of a highly constrained brownfield site. The new building is just 1.5m from the site boundary to the front elevation.
Commenting on the new school, Raheel Akhtar, Headteacher at Concordia Academy said: “The new school has created an inspiring environment for high quality education provision that will help every child realise their highest aspirations. Our children are benefiting from plenty of space in the teaching areas, there is lots of natural light and the main hall is a good size with excellent acoustics”.
Providing much needed primary school places
The new state-of-the-art school is helping to address the urgent need for additional primary places in the South East. The London Borough of Havering has seen a significant increase in birth rates and this is projected to continue. The local population is set to rise by 11.2 per cent by 2021, further intensifying the pressure on school places.
Layout & facilities
The Concordia scheme has curriculum areas organised in clusters of three for each year group, and with a linear band of classrooms either side of a central corridor. The teaching spaces are designed to be flexible, allowing adaptation to support future modes of curriculum delivery or advances in technology.
Facilities include a music and drama studio, main hall with adjacent smaller hall, 14 classrooms, full catering kitchen, activity room, small group learning rooms, staff room and administration offices.
A positive external environment to support educational needs
There is a hard-surfaced games area for high-energy play; an informal outdoor learning area with tensile fabric canopy to provide a shaded area; a garden space with raised planting beds, and a dedicated, secure reception play area along the southern elevation.
A contemporary design
The design combines strong lines, bold geometric shapes and a palette of materials that includes red brick, timber-effect cladding, render and high levels of glazing. Elements of colour provide bright accents to reflect the school’s corporate identity and emphasise the architectural features. There are brick and rendered bays to the curriculum wing, with full height glazing to the recessed areas which allow light into the break-out and circulation spaces.