Lying within a Conservation Area, the existing site contained numerous mature trees and an original building used as a Pupil Referral Unit, which was in very poor condition. Redevelopment proposals would demolish and replace this building with a new facility to be shared between two educational organisations, the New River College Primary – a Pupil Referral Unit and The Bridge ILS – a Special Educational Needs Free School for 43 students. A separate building would provide residential accommodation for eight Bridge pupils.
Baily Garner worked with the appointed first stage contractor, hosting a number of consultation events for local residents, making sure that proposed designs were sympathetic to the surrounding Conservation Area, retaining as many of the existing trees as possible. A programme of cost review meetings and site meetings with the Contractor, together with value engineering workshops, ensured that the project was deliverable within Islington Council’s funding requirements.
The main aim of the redevelopment project was to raise educational achievement with the provision of exemplary designed, purpose-built and sustainable new buildings. The naturally ventilated, adaptable new facitilities would achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.