Marlborough Primary School

Project Details

Situated in the bustling Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Marlborough Primary School provides a vibrant learning environment for ages 3-11. The five-storey school provides a state of the art 21st century learning environment with increased capacity for 420 pupils, a nursery and a specialist autism centre. The scheme is based around a strong idea of cascading terraces which seperate the year groups and provide easy south-facing access to the external space at all levels.

Opened September 2017

RIBA London Award 2018
RIBA National Award 2018
British Construction Industry Award 2018
Brick Awards 2018
AJ Architecture Award 2018
Civic Trust Award 2019

Design Details

  • The city block becomes activated at street level with a new mixed use development including retail and office space. A new pedestrian street between Draycott Avenue and Sloane Avenue connecting neighbouring communities
  • The public realm floorspace of York stone stitches into the vernacular of the surrounding streets
  • The external learning spaces maximise the sunny south facing aspect increasing the quality and area available for pupils and staff
  • The external learning spaces follow the pedagogical progression up through the school starting with youngest students at ground level and the oldest at the top. Each classroom has direct access to external learning spaces
  • The ground floor external learning space has a foil of a mini bamboo ‘forest’, birch trees planting and a performance stage
  • The first floor incorporates flexible external performance space, productive gardens with an apple tree and a lavender field that is harvested by the pupils
  • The second floor provides roof terraces and a semi enclosed learning space associated with the Autism Suite
  • The third floor external learning space with woodland shade garden, seating elements and flexible performance spaces. Mini orchard of trained fruit trees and productive garden with insect log / gabion wall, raised vegetable planters and cold frames
  • The fourth floor level has a full size Multi Use Games Area
  • Biodiversity roofs are integrated on top of the flat roofs creating a place for the birds and bees
  • The external learning spaces enjoy a range of open and framed views across the London skyline

Chelsea, London



Project Manager:

Lend Lease Consulting


Dixon Jones


Services M&E - Arup / Structural - Watermans / Arboriculture - Haydens / Acoustic - Sandy Brown




Access - David Bonnett Associates / BREEAM - ADP Architecture Ltd


Paul Riddle