Plans for a new primary school as part of a £155m masterplan in West Ealing have been submitted.
Conran and Partners, the architecture and design practice founded by Sir Terence Conran, plan to create a bright, modern centre of learning with regeneration partners Rydon and A2Dominion.
The proposals will see the existing St John’s Primary, which was built in the 1970s and has reached the end of its lifespan, replaced with a larger three-form entry modern school.
The Conran team has worked closely with the existing school and Ealing’s education chiefs to create classrooms fit for 21st century learning.
A planning application has now been submitted and, if approval is granted, the school will be rebuilt on adjacent land.
The existing school buildings will remain open during construction work. St John’s pupils will then be able to move into their new school, planned for the start of the 2016/17 school year.
The redundant buildings will be demolished and 92 new affordable and private sale homes built, enabling funding for the school development and bringing the site into the new community that is being built in phases by Rydon and A2Dominion.
The school will have places for 630 pupils, plus a 100-place nursery and provision for 25 pupils from across the borough in its Additional Resource Provision for Special Educational Needs. There will also be a rooftop play area as part of the three-storey development.
Lee Davies, director of Conran and Partners and the architect of the new Green Man Lane community, said: “We’ve spent a lot of time listening and developing ideas in partnership with the school to give pupils and staff something that both reflects and adds to the great vibrancy and energy of its community.
“There are also a number of sustainable features incorporated in our plans, including natural ventilation and solar shading.
“The funding model for the new school, and the work developers A2Dominion and Rydon have carried out with Ealing Council to enable this project to go ahead highlights how regeneration can bring improved amenities.”
The application for the new school follows planning permission for the second phase of the Green Man Lane regeneration blueprint.
Tom Rigby, Development Director at Rydon Construction, said: “Green Man Lane’s innovative regeneration is providing high quality homes, community space and now an opportunity for a much bigger and better new school for West Ealing.
“The release of land for housing will help to fund the proposed new St John’s Primary School, accommodating the growing and diverse needs of the local community, whilst providing good value for Ealing Council.”
The first phase of the rebirth of the five-hectare site has received widespread acclaim and is building a new, vibrant community to replace a crumbling housing estate, which had numerous social problems.
Constructed in 1971, the old Green Man Lane estate declined in recent years. Many flats were over-occupied and residents reported concerns with security and isolation.