In undertaking this project, Cognita’s ambition was to create a centre of academic excellence, that was focused on their STEAM curriculum. To this end, dedicated science theory and practical spaces have been included in the school, plus the ‘makerspace’, a cutting-edge learning zone where students can collaborate and develop creative projects using the latest and traditional technologies, from programmable robots to invention kits.
With the school a short walk from the Victorian & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums, Broadway Malyan wanted to ensure the school could take advantage of its central London location. The design maximised opportunities for flexible learning outside with a connection to the secure play-space from all the rear ground floor classrooms and a pathway to the amazing, hidden, 2-acre garden.
Headmistress Alison Melrose said: "Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School represents an innovative centre for excellence, where our students will be able to learn, grow and pursue interests across the curriculum from creative writing and music to science and technology.
"The initial undertaking represented a significant challenge; however, the final designs represent an architectural marvel, creating a modern educational facility while respecting the historical merit of the Grade II Listed Victorian townhouses. We look forward to welcoming new and old faces to the school for many years to come."