Ashmount Primary School

Ashmount Primary School

This scheme to turn an unkempt piece of Metropolitan Open Land in North London into an exemplar carbon-negative development, includes new buildings for the relocation of Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery, and the refurbishment of the Cape Youth Centre to include an Ecology Centre, all set within a new community park.

  • Ashmount Primary School 1
  • Ashmount Primary School 1
  • Ashmount Primary School 2
  • Ashmount Primary School 3

The project was a rare opportunity for London to build new places of learning and community resource in an inspirational urban woodland setting. This was supported by good community engagement, community-oriented services delivered from the site and management arrangements which protect the future of the site and promote its use by a wide cross section of the community.

  • Ashmount Primary School 1
  • Ashmount Primary School 2
  • Ashmount Primary School 3

Carbon-negative status has been achieved through minimising energy consumption, the use of on-site renewables and a gas fired CHP plant to provide heat & power to the buildings on site and to neighbouring, existing housing blocks.

It’s what we said the environment had to be – aspirational and uplifting. Pana McGee, Headteacher
  • Ashmount Primary School 1
  • Ashmount Primary School 2

The innovative approach to community energy distribution, has earned this project a BREEAM Outstanding Award for Highest Scoring Project in the Education Sector.

The project has been awarded £0.5m through the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Low and Zero Carbon Schools – Pilot and Exemplar Projects initiative.

  • Ashmount Primary School 1
  • Ashmount Primary School 2
  • Ashmount Primary School 3

Awards

  • RIBA London Regional Award- Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery: Winner
  • RIBA National Award- Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery: Winner
  • RIBA London Regional Award- Crouch Hill Community Park: Shortlist
  • AJ100 Awards, ‘Value Excellence’- Crouch Hill Community Park: Shortlist
  • BREEAM Awards, ‘Highest Scoring Project: Education Sector’- Ashmount School, Crouch Hill Park Winner
  • New London Award, ‘Servicing’- Crouch Hill Community Park: Commendation
  • RIBA Sustainability Award- Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery: Winner
Client
  • London Borough of Islington
Status
Complete
Size m2
43,402
Completion Date
2012
Structural Engineer
  • Sketch Structural Engineers
M&E Engineer
  • Ramboll
Landscape Architect
  • Grontij