calfordseaden acted as Principal Designer in transforming Kingsgate Primary School into an inspiring, two-storey new build for children to learn and develop.

There was a strong focus on using sustainable technologies throughout the design. In addition to a green roof, PV cells and acoustic vents, the school also comprises of two Cross Laminated Timber buildings connected with a covered walkway.

Due to the site sitting next to an existing railway, careful attention has been made to the acoustic treatment of all aspects of the school such as the services design. No operable windows or ventilation openings can face the railway, meaning all classrooms are provided with mechanical ventilation throughout the year with heat recovery and fans. In the summer, they can open up the façades facing the playground via acoustic vents to allow the supply fans to be disabled and save energy.

The location of the school also influenced design features such as the school hall, a double-pitched roof paying homage to the industrial railway sheds that existed on the site previously.

Space has been maximised throughout the buildings through a combination of generous, north clerestory windows and various breakout spaces. Externally, the area has also been exploited to sit along the border of a ball games area, running track, natural play area, science garden and quiet seating area.

The design features utilised by calfordseaden propose an open and stimulating design, allowing Kingsgate Primary School to offer its pupils a motivating environment to start their journey in education.


  • RIBA London Award 2018
  • RIBA National Award 2018
  • BREEAM Design Award 2018 (Shortlisted)