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Paxton Primary School, Lambeth

Client: Extraspace Solutions

Budget: £8.5m

Completed: 2017

Paxton Primary School, a one form entry (236) place school for pupils aged 3-11, was transformed into a state of the art three form entry school to accommodate 720 children using volumetric technology.

Situated on a split level site, the £8.25 million, 3736m2 school in the London Borough of Lambeth included 23 classrooms over three stories, 2 double-height sports halls, dining halls and various areas of ancillary accommodation, delivered as an aesthetically pleasing building, sensitive to the school timetable.

Extraspace Solutions led the intricate design through the planning application, with the four-storey building constructed on an existing split level site. REVIT MEP established the BIM model, providing a seamless off-site construction design process for the most energy-efficient, cost-effective, low maintenance services solution, matched to client needs.

The building was a steel-framed structure with concrete floors. The steel frame was erected in less than four weeks, greatly reducing the overall school build time to less than 6 months. The building was finished externally with a mixture of brick, poly-carbonate and rain screen panels as the speed of construction was paramount as the new school was replacing the existing school on the same site.

The building had to comply with the London Plan and thus offer a 30% carbon reduction. This was achieved by the use of passive design and free cooling, passive solar gain, MVHR and large-scale PV panels to generate electricity. The resultant design achieved a 45.31 % carbon reduction.