Client: Archdiocese of Westminster
Project value: £7.8m
Completion: March 2015
DHP were jointly commissioned by the London Borough of Ealing and the Diocese of Westminster to undertake a study to determine where additional primary places could be delivered within the Catholic schools sector. Pupil number projections indicated that over 35 new forms of entry (equating to 7,500 additional pupils) would be required across the Borough by 2014 to accommodate a surge in reception aged children caused by both increasing birth rates and inward migration.
The DHP study provided a number of extension and new build options across the Diocese estate, with St Gregory’s the first to proceed being in the area of most urgent, immediate demand. DHP planned a phased complete redevelopment of the school, which would allow continued operation and quickly enable additional pupils to be admitted (from 2010) whilst construction work continued.
The first phase included significant extensions to the existing infant and junior buildings, and a complete refurbishment and remodelling of the tired junior building internally and externally. In addition extra site access routes for increased pupil and parent numbers were established and a new multi-use games area, together with extensive hard and soft play and learning spaces have been created. The second phase included the replacement and expansion of original early years and staff accommodation. A final phase to rebuild the dilapidated school hall and associated areas is planned imminently and will complete the expansion from 2-Form Entry (446 pupils) to 3-Form Entry (656 pupils).
To date DHP have delivered an additional five forms of entry within Ealing via three expansions and one brand new school; further projects are in the pipeline in order to deal with continuing pupil number increases.