Canterbury Primary School

Canterbury Primary School is one of thirteen schools in Kent to be rebuilt through the first phase of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP). Designed by Ellis Williams Architects and built by Wates Construction, the new two storey building was constructed using the Wates ADAPT design. This is a standardised school solution which uses simple, robust materials and principles, along with an integrated building services solution to create high quality, light and airy classrooms suitable for modern teaching. The standardisation of the layouts, design components and materials reduce the build time and cost of delivery, whilst still allowing for flexibility and variety in the school design. At Canterbury, the standard design was changed to incorporate two large light wells in the building and more brickwork detail on the outside. The new school comprises thirteen classrooms, a new hall, kitchen with server, learning resource centre, plus a staff room and administrative offices and a car park area. Client: Education Funding Agency (EFA). Main Contractor: Wates Construction / Wates Group. Architect: Ellis Williams Architects (EWA). Structural Engineer: BWB. Services Engineer: CSD. Client PQS: Mott McDonald. Other parties: Prima Systems Ltd, Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), Department for Education (DfE).

Canterbury Primary School is a new build 2FE school built as part of an all-through secondary and post-16 school. The initial budget and accommodation areas were set by the EFA as part of the funding of the project. We developed the design in close consultation with the school and Kent County Council who has an overriding interest in the scheme. Consultation was also held with the wider community, as well as with the Department of Education, Kent County Council, and Canterbury City Council. The project has been very well received by the school, especially the heart of the school that has 2-storey top-lit library space. BREEAM Very Good was achieved on the scheme.