Earlsmead Primary school is a community school in the heart of South Tottenham, with a thriving multicultural community. Mulroy Architects have been working alongside this large Victorian Primary school since 2010, helping to upgrade and maximise the existing school to meet their current and growing needs through a comprehensive phased programme.
In 2010 a new entrance to the school was completed freshening up the appearance with dual access, via a ramp or stairs.
In 2015 the staff amenities along with additional classrooms were upgraded. The existing double height staff room was refurbished, incorporating a new mezzanine work space overlooking the room, along with new bathrooms incorporated over an existing corridor. Two large, existing, adjoining classrooms - also used for storage - were reconfigured to create three classrooms, whilst creating storage walls in each room. Learning, teaching and morale in the school were enhanced by increasing environmental comfort, refurbishing windows and improved lighting.
In 2016 the refurbishment of the existing hall into a flexible, practical and comfortable space has allowed the school to respond to increased curriculum needs as it grows with a multi-use hub for learning and school activities. The school can now run two activities simultaneously at times in the hall, and at other times use it as a single space for assemblies, larger sports events and daily dining.
"We now have a stunning hall that really does feel like the healthy heart of the school." Hina, Head Teacher
All construction was over the 6-week summer holiday period to avoid class disruption, all schemes were on time and on budget. The project has had huge benefits for both pupils and staff.
Photographer: Joakim Boren