ARK Isaac Newton Academy
2013 - 2104
- Site area 0.37
PTE has designed a new three-form-entry primary school in a gritty urban location on the site of the former Ilford Public Baths and next to an active fire station on Ilford High Road.
The new primary school is affiliated with the recently completed secondary school on an adjacent site to become an all-through Academy, and our design opens up the access to the site to provide a physical and visual link to the existing school.
The new school is also designed to provide a buffer to the acoustic and visual impact of the adjacent fire station and the busy main road. The new buildings are arranged in an L-shape around the playground to provide a sheltered play space for the children. The double-height hall block overlooks Ilford High Road, with translucent cladding which creates a glowing beacon to mark the entrance to the academy and extends to screen a rooftop open-air ballcourt.
The teaching block extends at right angles into the site, protecting the school from the adjacent fire station and overlooking the playspace. Classrooms are arranged in clusters of three per year group, each with easily accessed group rooms, WCs and storage. Ground-floor rooms all have direct access onto external learning space.
The building’s orientation has been optimised to provide a building that is in the most part naturally ventilated, maximises natural daylight, and minimises energy use.
- Education Estates Awards 2015