Aerial view
New extension exterior

Image Credits: Extension photos copyright Jefferson Smith and HBS, construction photos Gyoury Self/Galliford Try, other completion photos Olivia Woodhouse

Project Description

Client: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Location: Kensington, London
Year Completed: 2017
Value: £10m +
Contractor: Galliford Try
Architects: Hamson Barron Smith

The project involved extension and refurbishment works to provide an extra 105 much-needed places at this prestigious and heavily oversubscribed primary school in Central London.

The 2-storey school extension provides a range of new facilities, including a full school assembly hall, kitchen and serving area, drama studio, classrooms with direct access to outdoor space, a new teacher training centre and external teaching terraces.

An extensive state-of-the-art refurbishment of the existing school means that the whole building is now fit for 21st century education. Outside there is a garden terrace providing the school with a quiet space and an allotment for the children to tend.


The Challenges

As the works were undertaken at a complex site within a residential area – and in a live school environment – the Fox Primary project required sensitive handling.

Sited adjacent to a former water reservoir, the existing school building was extended to the west onto what was an unusable embankment.  How to excavate the embankment and site boundaries without affecting the structural integrity of the surrounding buildings was a key challenge for the engineering and construction teams.

Once the boundaries had been successfully supported with sheet piling, construction of the 2-storey extension could get underway in earnest.

Gyoury Self provided full structural and civil engineering services throughout the Fox Primary project.

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