Client: Archdiocese of Westminster / Governors of Holy Rood Catholic Primary School
Project value: £1.8M
Completion: March 2011
DHP have been providing ongoing property support to the Governing body of Holy Rood Junior School since early 2004, so when they merged with the adjacent, but entirely separate Infant School in 2007, we were chosen as the retained consultant to the newly formed Primary School. Although the two schools were on adjacent sites, their buildings were some 30m apart. DHP prepared a full development plan, with a Governing Body brief that the new School must be in one cohesive building.
In 2008 funding was granted for the first phase of the build, which saw a new main entrance, office accommodation and corridor space created in a new extension to the junior building. An internal reconfiguration removed much of the duplicate accommodation and created new IT suite and staffroom spaces. This brought the two buildings closer together but still some 18m apart, separated by the school carpark.
In 2010 further funding was obtained to enable the removal of temporary dilapidated infant and nursery classbases and the construction of the remainder of the link extension comprising four new and two extended classrooms with a central corridor.
The completed link building was built on Green Belt land (between the two Schools) after a tough Planning battle. The link building creates the much-needed cohesive single building with elevations in brick and cedar cladding below a curved sedum roof, retaining the Green Belt appearance when viewed from the road above.