GEMS Kingston Primary Academy
Located within a historic conservation area with a River Thames frontage and views over Hampton Court Palace, this mixed-use educational and residential development in the Royal Borough of Kingstone Upon Thames has been designed to sensitively address its complex context, whilst maximising access to natural daylight and external play areas for the school.
The development is proposed as two separate elements linked via a suspended glazed walkway across the centre of the site. The proposal forms a part three, four and five-storey building, with the larger mass fronting High Street, dropping down to three storeys fronting South Lane. A basement main hall for the school will provide a high quality area for pupil dining and indoor sports.
The heart of the site will be landscaped to provide varied and exciting external play space. This sheltered area is the best location to prevent overlooking, retain privacy and reduce any potential noise impact on neighbouring properties. It is important that a rich and varied external environment is provided to enhance learning and play activity and to respond to the requirements of a range of pupils and age groups.