Tollgate Primary School

As part of the London Borough of Newham’s school expansion programme, Tollgate Primary School has been expanded from two forms of entry to three with capacity for 630 children. The new buildings accommodate two new classrooms, three SEN suites, two offices and pupils toilets. An infill extension provides a new kitchen and servery next to the existing school hall.

A louvred bridge at first floor level links the existing wings of the school and unifies it, promoting a more inclusive and homogeneous school spirit. Play space which has been lost through increasing the building footprint has been re-provided via a first floor rubber crumb deck.

A simple palette of materials with grey brick, zinc roofing and bronze coloured louvres have been specified in order to contrast and complement the existing buildings.

“I’m delighted that your brilliant design has been shortlisted. Well-deserved and it’s such a great space to work in”

Tom Canning, CEO Boleyn Academy Trust

  • Client:London Borough of Newham
  • Location:Plaistow, London
  • GIA:801 sq m
  • Status:Completed October 2019
  • Consultants:Michael Barclay Partnership, L Harvey & Sons, Omega BS, ME Landscape Studio, RPS, Playle & Partners
  • Contractor:Jerram Falkus Construction Limited
  • Photography:Simon Kennedy, Paul Riddle
  • Awards:Shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Awards 2019