Seven Kings Primary School first opened its doors for its 840
pupils in autumn 2015. It is part of a batch of four schools in
London Borough of Redbridge, procured under the EFA Contractor's
Framework. The £9 million new build houses a 4FE primary school and
is part of an all through school with the popular and highly
regarded Seven Kings High School.
As a typical urban corner site the school has a busy road frontage
on two of its boundaries. WGI's design concept was a courtyard
building to form a secure boundary to the school and the courtyard
within, with a wide glazed opening on one side of the courtyard as
the main pupil entrance to provide a strong street frontage.
The building extends within the depth of the site to form the
courtyard which is the social heart of the scheme and is the focal
point for all circulation within the school. As well as being a
recreational area the courtyard also serves as the distribution hub
giving covered access to the cloisters, corridors and staircases
linking all parts of the school.
Despite the limited area of the site, the design maximises the use
of the site footprint on the ground floor by providing all of the
accommodation required at this level, as well as clearly defined
and segregated external recreational spaces for different age
groups. It also capitalises on the use of roof decks by providing a
play area and a teaching deck which captures sunlight on what is a
very dense development.
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