Carlton Primary School and Rhyl Primary School, both located in the London Borough of Camden, merged in 2021 to form the Rhyl Community Primary School following a decline in birth rates in the borough. The locally listed Victorian premises of the former Carlton Primary School in Kentish Town, required reconfiguration and expansion to accommodate new pupils and the addition of a nursery. CLTH were appointed as Lead Consultant and are currently working on the second phase of works following the completion of the first in December 2021.
During the first phase we undertook works to reorganise and update the classrooms, lunchroom and medical room, improvements were also made to the school grounds. A picket fence and gates were added to secure the perimeter and covered outdoor areas were adjoined to several classrooms for sheltered play and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further bike storage was added around the grounds to promote improved health in the borough.
Currently, a bottle-neck corridor funnels parents and students into the building through the main entrance. Our design for the second phase proposes to open the entrance hall by reconfiguring the layout. The existing offices will be relocated creating a generous double-height reception and seating area. A mezzanine with a circular window will provide additional informal seating for pupils overlooking the entrance. Unused office and storage space will be converted to provide additional local authority educational provisions such as Camden’s Parent Child Psychological Services (PCPS).