Emmanuel Primary School, Education

B|D in collaboration with Hawkins\Brown, Max Fordham and Elliot Wood are working on the redevelopment of the existing Emmanuel Primary School building to provide an Early Years Foundation Unit and the construction of a new build 1FE Primary School as a joint project between Camden Council and the London Diocesan Board for Schools.

Our proposal includes for a learning and educational landscape that incorporates flexible external spaces, makes use of the level change through the site for games & learning, and has subtle and hidden education throughout.  Extensive consultation with the students and staff gave the project team a clear direction to develop the external spaces.

The landscape masterplan looks to enhance the ecological value of the site, with new habitats & increased biodiversity tailored to the local biodiversity action plan.  We are incorporating outdoor classrooms, productive ‘edible’ gardens and a colourful rainbow terraced amphitheatre as the focus to the external space.

Enhancements to the neighbouring public open space also completed in 2013 including a wildflower meadow, native woodland planting and natural & dynamic ‘playscape’ that sits within the site of importance for nature conservation.

Client: London Diocesan Board for Schools, London Borough of Camden & Emmanuel Primary School
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Landscape Budget: circa £1.25 million
Status: Completed 2013

Images ©Tim Crocker

“B|D landscape architects enabled plans for a learning and educational landscape that incorporates flexible external spaces, makes use of the level change through the site for games & learning and has external learning decks linked to the teaching areas. Extensive consultation with the students and staff gave the project team a clear direction to develop the external spaces.”

— Tracy Kilkenny, Head of School,
Emmanuel CE Primary School