Rushey Green Primary School
2006 - 2009 and 2012 - 2014
Rushey Green is a two-form entry primary school and nursery. It enjoys a large green site in a residential conservation area. PTE has designed a complete replacement school to improve teaching space, create new facilities for joint use by the school and wider community, and to exploit the potential of the school’s green site. The project is partly funded by the development of 24 apartments on a corner of the school site.
A long, curved wall – the ‘Learning Curve’ – guides the visitor into the site and towards the double height main entrance of the school building. On one side lie the main learning areas and, to the other, hall space designed for joint school-community use which is housed in a single storey building hidden behind the Learning Curve. The entrance area thus connects the hall space with the rest of the school buildings, but allows the teaching areas to be separated, so that they remain secure when the hall is used for out-of-hours community activities.
The main learning area consists of four blocks, angled in different directions to create a sense of enclosure and ownership of the outside space for the ground-floor classrooms. These four blocks are linked on two storeys by an active circulation zone lit from above with coloured glazing.
Play areas have been relandscaped to maximise the school’s enjoyment of its green site; and the hall and community space are over-sailed by a green roof terminating in an open air grass amphitheatre which adds to the existing verdant landscape and creates further wildlife habitats.
When it became apparent that the school would have to accommodate an additional form of entry, PTE was appointed to design an extension. The new building seamlessly links into the existing building and has been designed as a volumetric modular system. In addition some areas of the existing school have been remodelled in order to support the increased numbers.