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New School for Green Man Lane
Education Building in Ealing, London, England – design by Conran and Partners
22 Jun 2015
New School for Green Man Lane in Ealing
Design: Conran and Partners
Location: Green Man Lane, Ealing, London, UK
Conran and Partners’ new school is top of the class
Conran and Partners’ plans for a vibrant new primary school as part of the continuing transformation of London’s Green Man Lane neighbourhood have been given the go ahead.
The architecture and design practice has created a bright, modern centre of learning for young people as part of its acclaimed £155 million masterplan for regeneration partners Rydon and A2Dominion in West Ealing.
Ealing Council planners have now unanimously approved proposals to completely rebuild the community’s St John’s Primary School.
Lee Davies, director of Conran and Partners and the architect of the new Green Man Lane community, said: “The neighbourhood will now get a modern building that will give local children the very best place to learn and will play a central role in the life of the community.
“We spent a lot of time listening and developing ideas in partnership with the school to give pupils and staff something that both reflects and adds to the great vibrancy and energy of the area.”
The architecture and design practice, founded by Sir Terence Conran, has brought its respected ideals of design to create a bright, modern centre of learning for young people.
Conran and Partners design incorporates a natural palette of quality materials that matches the school’s desire for a building to provide a true backdrop for the colour and vibrancy of the children and their work.
The layout optimises external space for learning and play. It includes an innovative play area on the roof of the building.
Conran and Partners’ plans for the next stage of Green Man Lane include modern, stylish homes – all with private sunny balconies, terrace or garden – spacious plazas and community squares.
The first phase of the rebirth of the five-hectare site has received widespread acclaim as it builds a new community.
Land next to the school has been allocated for the new building, enabling the existing St John’s Primary to remain fully open throughout construction and for a smooth transition to the new premises for the start of the 2017/18 academic year.
Funding will be provided by Ealing Council and is being subsidised by releasing the school site to Rydon and A2Dominion for development, providing a further 55 new private sale homes, as part of an additional phase of the Green Man Lane redevelopment.
The permission includes 37 affordable homes that will form part of the Green Man Lane estate.
When full, the new building will provide places for 630 pupils, 210 more than the existing facility, plus an expanded 100 place nursery and provision for 25 pupils from across the borough with speech and language difficulties. There will also be a rooftop play area as part of the three storey development.
Joint developers Rydon and A2Dominion worked closely with the existing school, Ealing’s education team and Conran and Partners to create classrooms fit for 21st-Century learning.
Councillor Binda Rai, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Ealing Council is committed to providing a good quality education for local children and this investment in the rebuild and expansion of St John’s Primary is the latest in a long line of projects designed to ensure that we have sufficient places to meet the needs of our growing population.
“Our children and school staff deserve the best and the designs of two of our local schools were recently judged amongst the best in London by the Royal Institute of British Architects. I am pleased to say that the St John’s project is following in their footsteps with plans for an innovative rooftop playground design and a modern and bright learning environment.”
Tom Rigby, Development Director of Rydon Construction, said: “Green Man Lane’s innovative regeneration is providing high quality homes, community space and now a much bigger and better new school building for West Ealing.
“The funds generated by the release of the additional housing land will ensure St John’s Primary School can accommodate the growing and diverse needs of the local community, whilst providing good value for Ealing Council.”
David Price, A2Dominion Regeneration Director, said: “We are pleased to be able to build on the early success of the regeneration scheme by also helping to deliver a new primary school building that will give even more children from the neighbourhood a first class start to their education.”
The Conran and Patners’ regeneration vision for Green Man Lane is a nine year, five phase project replacing 464 flats with a mix of 770 one to four bedroom homes, each with generous living spaces. The project also brings communal facilities including an art cafe, eco-friendly energy centre, public parks, play areas and landscaped piazzas.
Work on Phase two is currently underway, delivering 187 new private sale and affordable homes, including over 20 homes for wheelchair users.
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