London Borough of Southwark
Southwark, London , UK
3020 sq m
RIBA Regional Award
Maxine @ SMC Alsop
The Michael Faraday Primary School was the flagship project for and the first part of the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, London. It replaced a defunct 1970’s school building and now provides a Primary School, a Nursery and some Adult education facilities.
The building is arranged around a main central hub named the ‘Living Room’ which houses an open plan breakout space and an enclosed small hall called ‘The Rock’. All the classrooms spill out onto this area with ‘shop front’ facades and signs. There is also a larger hall used for dining and sports which can be reached through a covered walkway.
The project achieved a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating and used a ground source heat pump that contributed to the building achieving a 20% carbon reduction. on.