East have designed a series of buildings and building upgrades for Sacred Heart primary school, in Southend. The £1.8m project includes a new assembly hall, administration spaces, kitchen and entrance hall. Existing spaces are adjusted to accommodate new classrooms, and to link these together around the new buildings to form a new centre, entrance, and legible arrangement of spaces across the wider site. The structure of the new buildings are timber, with a rendered exterior, and brick slip street facade. The reddish/brown tone of the buildings relates to the existing red brick and red windows of the existing 1980’s buildings, forming a new loosely presented and newly visible street front ensemble of buildings. Upon entering the hall, mirrored ceiling roof lights mark the intersection between four routes, and defines the new central entrance of the school. The assembly hall is defined by birch plywood panels at a 2.4m datum, with glulam beams at ceiling level. A new east west corridor is generously proportioned to engage with all spaces leading from it.
Location: Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Client: Southend-on-Sea Council
Project status: Completed 2015
Photographs by Jason Orton and Ioana Marinescu