Paxton Primary

London Borough of Lambeth

Paxton Primary School, a 1FE, 236 place school for pupils aged 3-11 was transformed into a state-of-the-art 3FE school to accommodate 656 children using volumetric technology.

Paxton Primary is a 3FE, 4-storey education facility in Lambeth accommodating 656 pupils aged 3-11 and community facilities.

The development included securing of planning permission and involved demolition of the existing building, construction of the new four-storey building and the development of new play areas and multi-use game areas.

The project was situated on a restricted site with residential properties on all four sides of the school perimeter. The school remained in full operation throughout the works.

Contract Sum




Contract Completion

September 2016

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Key Relevant Features

  • Live site environments
  • Close neighbour liaison
  • Full school curriculum maintained throughout
  • Multiple stakeholders
  • Standardised, repeatable design features

This striking school building includes 23 classrooms, identically designed in modules to allow the use of standardised designs and materials.

It also contains a variety of specialist rooms including food technology and music, two double-height halls for sports and dining, plus non-teaching spaces including ancillary and administrative accommodation. This modular design has the benefit of flexibility which would be easily replicable for larger secondary and higher education projects.

The building is designed to sit on a split-level site with play areas externally on two separate levels. The ground floor opens out onto play and learning areas for both the nursery and reception children. The building was provided with gas and water services connected to three heating boilers and two water heaters located in the plant room.

Underfloor heating was installed to provide heating to the building. Ventilation to the classrooms, teaching areas, nurseries and reception areas is provided via heat recovery units mounted within the ceiling voids.

Planning, Timing & Logistics

Works commenced on-site in October 2015 to demolish the existing nursery and substation. The new building structure was in place by March 2016. The project was completed on time for handover in September 2016.

The site constraints required the development of a detailed logistics strategy to deliver 118 wide load modules through the residential neighbourhood. This plan was agreed with the neighbours through a series of specific meetings with the three local residents’ associations as part of our neighbour liaison strategy. The project achieved both a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and an ‘A’ rating for energy performance.

“Thank you and all of your staff and particularly Eimear for the significant effort that Extraspace made throughout to deliver this project successfully for Lambeth. I very much hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the future.”

John Benfield, Employer's Agent Gardiner & Theobald LLP

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