The re-building of Edith Neville Primary School forms the first phase of Camden’s new £89m Central Somers Town regeneration masterplan. Located between St. Pancras station, the Crick Institute and Euston station, Central Somers Town is a short walk from some of London’s busiest landmarks, whilst being one of its most deprived and neglected neighbourhoods. The regeneration initiative provides a re-built school, new public open spaces, community facilities and 130 new homes, making it a flagship for Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme (CIP) and a key milestone in redressing the historic inequality of the area.
Edith Neville Primary School had been housed in sub-standard accommodation since its opening in the 1970s. Its new home, designed by Hayhurst and Co, includes a 1-to-2FE primary school, nursery, family centre and parent drop-in, providing pupils with a state-of-the-art learning environment and the school a secure basis on which it can thrive into future. The resultant building is a welcoming and light-filled celebration of the school community and its pupils’ work. This has been carefully configured to suit the historic context and implementation of the wider masterplan, achieved whilst the school remained operation on the constrained site throughout construction.