Emmanuel CE Primary School \

Increasing capacity on a tight site

The London Diocesan Board for Schools and the London Borough of Camden wanted an architect who would understand the sensitivities of expanding a small 'village' school within an exclusive North London residential area.

Emmanuel Church of England Primary School had been operating out of cramped Victorian buildings and temporary classrooms. The decision to expand to 1FE meant acquiring a new site across the road and the construction of a new school to house Years 1 to 6 with the early years to remain in the refurbished existing buildings.

The new building opened in September 2012, providing a community hall, sports facilities and external play areas within the West End Green Conservation Area. The street elevation is restrained reflecting the neighbouring residential properties in scale and proportion, whilst at the rear the building provides terraced learning decks that step down to minimise the impact of the mass on its neighbours. The refurbishment phase completed in September 2013 when both buildings were officially opened by the Bishop of London and the Mayor of Camden, celebrating a successful four year project.

“It has been a real pleasure working with you... You clearly have assembled a first class team of people around you. And Emmanuel couldn’t have hoped for better professional support... at last it feels like there is truly space to breathe and learn at Emmanuel.”

John Ward Former Chair of Governors

“The building is truly state of the art and will surely enhance the already high quality education that the school has provided over the years.”

Sheila McCalla-Gordon Executive Headteacher

Project Summary


  • BD Architect of the Year Awards 2013 - Education (Nursery - Secondary) - Shortlisted

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