Ecclesbourne Primary SchoolEdit profile
The school has been converted into residential use comprising 63no private units, 38 1-bed flats (including 3 wheelchair units), 18 2-bed flats, 3 2-bed houses, 3 3-bed houses and 1 3-bed house. Construction was completed in May 2009 providing accommodation for developer-client Durkan Estates at a cost of approximately £6million. The existing building is of Victorian ‘London School Board’ design and sits within a conservation area. This conversion includes the main school, several ancillary buildings, and new-build elements within the site curtilage. Our aim was to create contemporary architecture that respects and enhances the surrounding conservation area and existing school buildings. The light and lofty double height spaces within the conversion are contemporary in feel, with modern fixtures and fittings; but are enriched by ‘quirks’ of the original buildings’ windows and steelwork etc. This sympathetic adaptation extends the buildings useful life long past that of the school. New buildings have been thoughtfully inserted between the existing. The new building ‘E’ creates a bookend to a listed terrace while the ‘mews’ avoids overlooking with angled windows looking along the ‘street’ rather than across it. New build elements within the curtilage take the form of simple ‘copper boxes’ which are clad predominantly in pre-oxidized copper cladding with some brick and render, reflecting the surrounding context of red brick. Gabions create key elements of the external works; retaining walls, planting beds, enclosures for cycle racks and refuse stores and enclosures for front gardens. The new build units (23) achieve Lifetime Homes standards. Excellent transport links enable this scheme to be car free with a car club, and it achieves an EcoHomes rating of ‘good’.