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Primary schools given award
Thursday, 05 July 2012
HAVERING’S two new primary schools, Elm Park in Hornchurch and Hylands in Romford, have both been honoured at the annual British Council for School Environments annual awards.
The schools which opened last year are the first new schools to be built in the borough for more than 30 years.
Judges were unable to decide which school was more deserving of the national award so made them joint winners of the excellence in design, new build category.
The judging panel considered a range of criteria including physical environment, resources and materials used, how the design supported the ethos and culture of the school as well as teaching and learning and the use of ICT.
Judges said both schools had better energy efficiency, more natural light and open space and easier access for disabled students.
Both schools boast state-of-the-art technology, pod-style learning for group or individual learning and an outdoor learning space.
The architect of both schools, Walters and Cohen, which worked closely with the Council, was also named the school architect of the year at the awards ceremony, which took place last Thursday.
Walters and Cohen was awarded for work on schools in Bristol, as well as in Havering.
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