St. Paul’s Way Trust School

St Paul’s Way Trust School, a flagship new build school, is part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The building’s innovative design was long-listed for a World Architecture News Award in 2010.

Funded by the local council, Partnerships for Schools and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, St Paul’s Way Trust School provides an inspirational learning environment for children and young people.

By removing the usual gates and fences seen surrounding schools, the school breaks down the typical physical barrier between the school and its community, and instead warmly welcomes the community. Secure access between public and private areas enables pupils and members of the local community to easily access the school’s extensive dual-use community facilities, which include a public library, a theatre and a large public sports provision.

In classrooms, which are designed to provide maximum educational versatility, each space can be easily transformed into larger or smaller open plan areas. Key to the design brief was the development of a rich, stimulating and functional environment to support transformational learning. With the creation of such highly adaptable teaching and learning spaces, teachers are able to tailor the spaces they work within to evolving educational principles. Full ICT integration, in use throughout the school, offers additional flexibility and capabilities.

Close attention was paid to the requirements of all stakeholders. On this tight and relatively urban site, optimisation of the building footprint meant external space was maximised, while the overall amount of open space was increased. A crafted landscape design with a variety of spaces caters for the varied needs of all members of the school community, both in and out of school hours.

As with every Bouygues UK project, sustainability was a priority for the St Paul’s Way Trust School project, with design solutions to reduce energy requirements including effective ventilation and energy generation from renewable sources.