The brief for Moreland School was to develop a phased masterplan, rehousing an expanded school, community facilities and new housing on the occupied site, without having to relocate the school during construction. The new school was imagined in consultation with the staff, governors, and children as a long snake, winding its way through playground spaces and private classroom gardens.
The first stage, helping to enable next stages, has been the development of two spaces on the edges of the site, Moreland Children’s Centre and Kings Square Community Nursery and Garden.
The two new buildings consist of single storey extensions constructed of single skin clay blocks walls faced with lime based self-coloured render that allows the walls of the buildings to breathe. The clay blocks have excellent thermal properties, produce less CO2 than their concrete equivalent and are quick to construct.
Large stainless steel windows with glazing coloured to relate to the trees and street spaces adjacent are fixed to the face of the buildings to provide atmospheric light conditions both internally and externally. The roofs are planted in sedum to be viewed as a garden from the flats above.
Client: CEA Islington
Project status: Completed first stages 2008