Robert Blair Community School, Islington

Potter & Holmes have successfully completed a three phase alteration and refurbishment of Islington's Robert Blair Community School.

Phase 1:
New Children's Centre and ancillary community facilities created within the existing building. A critical series of detailed planning exercises and meetings suggested the best use of the limited space available.

Key benefits included:

  • Cohesive and seamless progression from Nursery to Primary with all classrooms having direct access to outdoor play
  • Significant reduction in circulation
  • Colonisation of additional external space to enlarge Early Years outdoor play area
  • New separate access and additional entrance from northern playground to encourage involvement from local families
  • Reuse of a redundant WC block

Phase 2:
Upgrading of existing Primary classrooms to suit current national curriculum teaching methods.

Key benefits included:

  • Classrooms enlarged to meet current standards
  • Improved class based storage and craft facilities
  • Classrooms twinned to provide back to back services, vertically grouped to provide the most economic and least disruptive intervention
Phase 1 & 2 were run concurrently.

Phase 3:
Provision of New staff facilities, playground alterations, repairs and play equipment.

Key benefits included:

  • Improved staff facilities
  • New staff resources area for lesson preparation
  • Extensive repairs to playground wall
  • New play equipment for Children's Centre
Completion date: March 2006
Contract value: £1.3m
Client: CEA Islington

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