Royal Wharf Primary School has been named as one of 41 buildings to win a RIBA London Award in 2022.
Completed in 2020, the school is a new-build ‘Free’ school at the heart of the Royal Wharf masterplan for Oxley Holdings. Two-form entry, it will provide accommodation for 420 pupils and 60 nursery pupils.
The judges praised the project: "The brightness and warmth the jury experienced on its visit to this school were not just to do with the sunny weather. Sunshine is expressed in the mellow yellow rubber flooring, reflecting the unbounded delight and joy we encountered as we wandered through the building.
All the spaces are light and airy, radiating a real sense of happiness and freshness throughout. The jury encountered lots of children, surprising them at lunch, in the nursery, the playground and the classrooms. They were engaged and well behaved, and seemed to be enjoying their new surroundings.
The tenacity of the head teacher and the skill and close collaboration of the design team have produced a building to be proud of. The outcome is joyful and inspiring."
Read the full citation here.