Golden Lane Campus, London, UK-England
Exemplary design categories: access, community use and involvement, energy efficiency, outdoor spaces, school/community regeneration, special needs provisionHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The Golden Lane Campus comprises three Institutions: the Richard Cloudesley School, the Children’s Centre and the Prior Weston Primary School pods are situated on either side of the central shaded areas. These can be independently zoned, allowing inclusive access to the heart of the building without compromising the safety of the children or the security of the accommodation. Externally, there are three enclosed courtyards, providing play space at ground-floor level and a landscaped play environment. At first floor level there is a multi-use games area. Every classroom has access to high quality landscaped external space at each level of the building. Despite the tight site and dense surrounding urban environment, the internal spaces are filled with natural light and make full use of natural ventilation. The building’s energy usage is reduced through these passive environmental design features and through the exposed thermal mass, which acts as a climate moderator. The special needs school and the children’s centre are based on the ground floor level. This allows them to be closely linked with the communal parts of the building. The primary school occupies the first floor of the building. The extensive ground floor plan allows for a generous first-floor play deck outside the primary school classrooms. The campus serves the local community through the daytime and during evenings and weekends. The Children’s Centre is accessible and welcoming to parents, and provides an uplifting environment while ensuring safety and security. It is located between the heart of the school and the main entrance, making it isolatable from the main building circulation. Two enclosed courtyards provide an external play space that cannot be overlooked. The provision for Richard Cloudesley includes state-of-the-art special educational needs learning facilities. In addition, there are rooms adjacent to the school that can be used to provide professional therapy support, and there is a hydrotherapy pool that not only serves the school but also the local community.
Activity Areas: Richard Cloudesley School, therapy suite, shared space, main hall, hydrotherapy pool, Children’s Centre
Project costs: GBP 13,700,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"