Planning permission has been granted for the re-build of Islamia Primary School in Queen’s Park.
Building work, to be carried out by construction company Morgan Sindall, will begin in February to on a new two-storey school building on the current site in Salusbury Road while the existing kitchen, canteen and outdoor buildings will be demolished
The new building was designed by London Eye architect Marks Barfield. It is planned to complete in 2012.
The building aims to create a learning environment fit for the 21st Century that is highly sustainable – achieving BREAM excellent. It steps down with the slope of the Salusbury Road and steps back in its frontage “to respect its neighbours”, says the council. A cream coloured facing brick will be used to compliment the red brick neighbours. The elevation of the new building will be lower than the current Victorian building and has been designed to complement it.
Islamia Primary School was built over one hundred years ago and the building no longer meets pupil or teacher needs. It is not compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and it is spread out on many different levels, with stepped access and no lift. It is also extremely popular and over-subscribed.
The new school will contain fourteen new classrooms, a library, a specialist teaching room for the larger than average number of children with special educational needs who are taught at the school, an enlarged roof-top play area, a dedicated prayer hall, a new dining hall, landscaped areas and additional outdoor learning spaces for all children, and a children’s gym.
The rebuild is costing approximately £8 million and is being funded by Brent Council, the government and the school.