Michael Faraday Primary School

Client: Southwark Council
Value: £12M
Location: London

Galliford Try redeveloped Michael Faraday Primary School to provide a vibrant, circular building to provide nursery, primary school, adult education and community facilities over two floors.

The school features open plan learning spaces, with flexible and adaptable classrooms that are capable of supporting a range of teaching and learning styles. Covered external spaces enable outdoor learning.

The main building has a distinctive coloured facade and balcony cladding of black and white vertical fins.

The Ballroom pavilion is clad in silver metal panels, inspired from period ballrooms and contains the school’s dining and main hall facilities, also available for community use.

The school grounds have been extensively landscaped, providing hard and soft play areas together with growing gardens, natural habitat and a "dry river bed". A new multi-use games area is shared with the local community and bore holes beneath the pitch form the ground source heat pump - this contributes to the building achieving a predicted 20 per cent carbon reduction and BREEAM "Very Good" rating.

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