Ashmount Primary School

Breathing life into a neglected piece of North London landscape for children to play, learn and explore

Set within Crouch Hill Community Park, Ashmount Primary is a carbon-negative school in Islington, North London. It’s the UK’s first Primary School to achieve the ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating and received the top environmental award for sustainable design.

 

Ashmount Primary School General Arrangement Plan

Set within a neglected piece of Metropolitan Open Land, this new school and children’s nursery was a catalyst for reengaging the community with this important piece of North London Green Infrastructure.  The space stretches along a former railway line from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace.

Reconnecting Children with the Landscape

Working alongside Penoyre & Prasad Architects, Wilmott Dixon and the Ecology Consultancy, the designs created opportunities for children to engage with the landscape, providing a valuable resource to teaching inner-city kids about the environment. The use of natural materials, natural play and woodland habitat enhancements has created a safe, robust and stimulating environment.

Accessibility

The central green space gives the public access to a shared games court that can be used out-of-hours.

Other outcomes included:

  • New ‘all-ability’ paths linking local housing and the Parkland Walk to attract visitors and improve safety.
  • The whole site is more permeable and accessible
  • Easy-access routes for wheelchairs, young children and parents with pushchairs.
  • Paths through existing trees are designed as raised boardwalks to reduce potential impact on tree roots
  • A sensitive lighting strategy to improve community safety in key areas, while respecting bat foraging corridors.

Founder director Phil Deacon was the Senior Landscape Architect for this £13 million Crouch Hill Community Park scheme whilst working at Whitelaw Turkington.

Client:

London Borough of Islington

Collaborators:

Penoyre & Prasad, Willmot Dixon, Ecology Consultancy