Dagenham Park Church of England School is about to complete its first year in its brand new £22.6 million premises, designed by architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
The School Road centre, built by Laing O’Rourke, was one of the last to be constructed under the previous government’s Building Schools for the Future programme.
In recognition of the school's performing arts specialism, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s design for the scheme placed a performance hall at the heart of the building with flexible classrooms arranged around the perimeter.
Space between the classrooms and the hall has created two connected atria providing open learning and social areas, as well as natural light and ventilation.
The three-storey school’s internal graphics and artwork were produced by graphic designer Morag Myerscough.
Bishop of Chelmsford the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell officially opened the new buildings in December, some eight months after the first pupils moved in.
Off-site fabrication for the BREEAM “excellent”-rated building’s key components brought construction time for the school down to 16 months, 26 weeks less than if the major concrete sections had been made on site.
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