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Grovelands Primary School

Client: Schools and Children's Services, London Borough of Enfield

Capital have been appointed by The London Borough of Enfield to develop a scheme for a new 2FE primary school in Grovelands Park, a Grade II* listed landscape originally by Sir Humphry Repton, with later changes to create a public park by Thomas Mawson, and adjacent to a Grade I listed house by Sir John Nash.

The project is led by Capital's Associate Architect, John Wilkinson, who holds an RIBA Certificate in Conservation. Capital undertook a full review of the historical context and reports prepared by various environmental consultants. The original drive to the Nash house was discovered through Capital's work which may be key to unlocking the site's potential to develop a school.

Capital is working closely with Historic England to find an approach whereby an overall package of benefits will outweigh the harm; this includes conservation work to the wider parkland, reintroduction of some of the Repton planting design and re-establishing the lost drive and other historical references.

Delivery

  • Re-referencing the historical context of aspects of the site and preparation of reports
  • Outline design proposals
  • 3D images to demonstrate that views of the building would be protected by the existing tree planting

The project presents the opportunity for investment into the park that can lead to the landscape being removed from Historic England's at risk register. A new well-designed, crafted school building can add another layer of new heritage to this rich setting.

John Wilkinson - Associate Architect