The University of Cambridge Primary School on the North West Cambridge Development, designed by Marks Barfield Architects has been recognised at the RIBA East Awards in a ceremony in Cambridge in May 2017.

The RIBA Judging Panel’s commentary on the design of the School included: “Considerable research went into the development of this primary school, taking best practice from across the globe on teaching methods since it is also a training school. It is an ambitious project and staff are clearly proud and delighted with the resultant building.”

The iconic school building opened in September 2015 to its first intake and was the first operational building on the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development, providing an important community facility.

The school takes a circular form that is non-hierarchical and inclusive, which supports the culture that every child matters. The unique design incorporates classrooms with direct access to outdoor play spaces, as well as a ‘learning street’ corridor. A central courtyard establishes a sense of place on arrival and is also a place where the whole school community can gather.

Heather Topel, Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development said:  “The University has aspirations for the development to be high quality place and we are thrilled that both the quality of the design of the Primary School building and the thriving school community have been recognised by the judging panel of the RIBA East awards.”

The primary school is the first community facility to open as part of the North West Cambridge Development, where the local centre has been called Eddington. Additional community facilities opening this year include a Sainsbury’s supermarket, the Storey’s Field Centre, Sports pitches, parklands and play areas, as well as much needed affordable rental homes for University staff and homes on the open market.

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Read the full commentary about the School from the RIBA East panel here