A new primary school for the David Ross Education Trust has started on site in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Forming part of the all-through school named the Bobby Moore Academy, the primary school will provide new teaching and learning facilities for 420 pupils.
The aim of the Bobby Moore Academy will be to raise the aspirations and achievements of children and young people by providing an outstanding, well rounded education that capitalizes on the great sporting and future cultural facilities that the QEOP has to offer.
The 2300m2 primary school is located on a site to the west of the Olympic Stadium, alongside the Lee Navigation Canal and will provide accommodation for a 2FE intake.
Negotiating a complex site traversed by existing underground Thames Water pipes, the school flanks the towpath wall of the Canal, forming a long, low building to the western edge of the site. A ‘forecourt’ is thereby created between the building and the relocated Loop Road, containing playgrounds, parking and the main entrance approach.
The school is articulated into a central part containing shared and community facilities, with teaching wings at either end. A double height main hall looking out towards both the stadium to the east and the Canal to the west defines the heart of the school. This is differentiated by a long glazed and coloured slot rising up to a double-height main entrance to the school. Throughout the building, views through and out to the landscape and canal have been maximized.
The landscape works hard to provide a variety of different play spaces within the site. Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 play areas are located directly outside their respective teaching areas, while a terrace outside the main hall provides canal-side dining for the children. A small biodiversity area, trim trail, planting new trees and hedges and the retention of as many existing trees also form part of the landscape proposals.
A new all-weather Multi-Use Games Area will also be provided as part of the education provision, located just north of the primary school site.
The £6.5 million school is due to open its doors to its first intake in September 2017. The trust has a short-term plan in 2017 to accommodate a first cohort of 120 11 year-olds in the building, whilst the nearby secondary site, also underway, is completed. With its specialist spaces for science, art and design, as well as pitches and changing rooms, the building is well suited for this.