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Rushey Green Primary School

2006–2014
Lewisham

Client London Borough of Lewisham and the staff and governors of Rushey Green School

Number of homes 24

Local authority London Borough of Lewisham

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.

"The school is fantastic we love it. I invited parents to see it today they were impressed. The children are rising to the occasion, its calm and they’re working hard."

Yana Morris, Headteacher

“We have been highly impressed with the involvement of PTE in the project to rebuild Rushey Green Primary School, from the initial design phase right through to final construction. Architects from PTE worked closely with the school and local authority from the outset and actively sought the views of all stakeholders, including parents, children, school staff and members of the local community.

The outcome was a design which captured all the essential elements the school had requested, together with many of the features which we had identified as ‘added bonus, if possible’. In addition, PTE’s architects included some fantastic creative surprises in their design, such as angling the teaching block to resemble a short row of houses, creating an outdoor amphitheatre and designing floor to ceiling windows in the hall which look out onto a wildlife area and pond.

In particular, we have valued the way in which PTE’s staff have been entirely responsive to our comments, concerns, suggestions and numerous questions throughout the project. From discussions with other professionals involved, it became clear from the outset that PTEa had specified in their design the use of high quality materials for the construction and finishing of our new school. They have designed a building to last. A school which is pleasing to the eye and fit for purpose. Working with them has been one of the highlights of our project and the result has been spectacular.”

Phil Hopgood, Assistant Headteacher

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