New Islington Free School
Rye College required a new school building to expand their provision into arts-based vocational education for young people. As the school was the first studio school in Sussex and Kent, the brief was to provide a modern, unique and inspiring space for students. The building needed to be adaptable for various artistic disciplines including fashion, theatre and art and it was required to be ready for the September term.
Working in partnership with Conlon Construction, Premier Modular used a volumetric solution to provide a new school with 14 classrooms, an IT suite, and a highspecification sensory learning room. The double height school hall was created using a panelised system. The modern cladded design provided a great contrast to the old brick-built mills and factories that surround the site.
Cassidy and Ashton Architects also incorporated an oversailing roof, a skylight that ran the length of the building and picture windows which were all manufactured together in Premier’s factory.
- The end classroom borders a canal and the plot was at an angle so the modules for that space were designed and manufactured at an angle to fit.
- The outdoor teaching space needed shade so the space was incorporated into the V-shaped pagoda feature at the end of the building.
- Natural light was a very important feature so a double height corridor with skylights were built to run the length of the school.
The city centre now has an Ofsted outstanding primary school which can accommodate 420 pupils aged 4 to 11. The internal teaching space is well lit as the skylight bathes the school in a channel of natural light. Internal classrooms are bright and spacious and are complemented by a rooftop teaching space and with bird and bat boxes and a Redstart habitat. The setting provides an interesting space for children to learn and grown in as they see their city develop around them.