Ryelands Primary Academy, Croydon

  • Learning
  • London Borough of Croydon
  • £7.5m

The project vision was to transform these original School buildings into an inspiring and nurturing learning environment for a contemporary primary school.

The two re-modelled Edwardian school buildings originally designed by H.Carter Pegg and the Portland Road School (multi -storey), built in 1902 and the Portland Road Junior School (single storey) built in 1906 are important to the local built heritage and as such are locally listed, adding complexities and sensitivities in the process for this project. The school now accommodates a 2-form entry primary school with a 38-place nursery. The buildings had most recently been in use for Adult Education and they were in need of complete refurbishment and a transformative approach to providing contemporary and suitable learning environments for young children.

The carefully considered interventions show the school is still fit for purpose for a contemporary school over a hundred years later.

Photos: Rachael Marshall