Frankham Consultancy Group was appointed by London Borough of Brent to develop a proposal for Park Lane Primary School site. The design was produced under the framework agreement between London Borough of Brent and Frankham Consultancy Group.
The basis of the design approach is to provide a fully integrated, modern school where the delivery of education, together with the quality of the spaces provided, fulfil and enhance the current needs and aspirations of the pupils and local community.
The existing school is to be increased to a two form entry from 335 pupils to 420 pupils. The proposed development consists of a new build teaching accommodation wing incorporating a new welcoming main entrance administration, new main hall, nursery, reception classrooms and learning resource centre. The existing Queen Anne architecture main block has been remodelled and refurbished in order to comply with BB99.
The feasibility study has produced a scheme option that provides the accommodation for a two form entry school to current standards and recommendations and at the same time keeping the loss of playground space to a minimum, and has identified opportunities for providing alternative areas around the school site to provide recreation and play more closely associated to teaching within the classroom.
All new school building is required to achieve the highest energy standards for sustainable construction. The new extension at Park Lane School will be required to achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent, requiring energy use of the proposed and existing building to be efficient and sustainable. The existing school building will be part of the BREEAM assessment and recommendations for improving thermal performance through window replacement, lighting and heating. Fabric improvements will be considered and implemented within the project budget and practical solutions for an existing building.