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St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

Client: Archdiocese of Westminster / Governors of St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

Project value: £1.3m

Completion: January 2011

For many years the School had struggled to operate from a life expired timber framed building, with a net floor area some 35% below DfE guidelines.  Although the School were providing first class education and had established itself as a Centre of Excellence for teaching children with autism, they were forced to teach in cupboards, corridors and undersized accommodation throughout.  

As a result of more than ten years of campaigning to secure more space for students, a first phase of total redevelopment has now been achieved.  DHP initially prepared a whole-school development plan and obtained planning permission for an ambitious complete rebuild of the accommodation.  In 2010 a funding bid was successful and the school were granted £1.3M, which has enabled the first phase of the total rebuild to be delivered.  

The new DHP designed KS2 building houses four new spacious classrooms, a library, group rooms and a light bright and airy central atrium.  Outside, a new Multi-Use Games Area has been provided for PE and ball play.  Students were encouraged to have their input into the design of the space, which includes a striking curved roof design, Kalwall window walls, an eco friendly sedum roof, super insulation and air source heat pumps.