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 separate the year groups and provide easy south-facing access to the external space at all levels.

Opened September 2017

2019 Landscape Institute Award – Design for a Small Scale Development
2019 Civic Trust Award
2019 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence – Finalist in the Health & Wellbeing category
2019 London Planning Awards – Shortlisted for the Borough-led Projects Award
2019 Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design – Regional Finalist
2018 RIBA National Award & RIBA London Regional Award
2018 AJ Architecture Awards – School Project of the Year
2018 British Construction Industry Awards – Social Infrastructure Project of the Year
2018 Brick Awards – Winner of the Education Category
2018 New London Architecture Awards – Education Category Commendation
2018 Schueco Design Excellence Awards – Education Building Commendation
2018 World Architecture News Awards – Global Finalist in Education Category

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