Marlborough Primary And Special School

Royal Borough Kensington & Chelsea, UK

Project Details

Royal Borough of Chelsea & Kensington (RBKC)

Project Manager

Dixon Jones


£22.1 million

Contract Period
98 weeks

Procurement Type
2 Stage fixed price lump sum

Form of Contract
NEC3 Option A

5,036 sq m

Project Summary

The Marlborough Primary and Special School project overseen by main contractor Mace saw the redevelopment by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to provide a new two form entry primary school in the heart of Chelsea. It has seen the old unsuitable Victorian school building on the site demolished and the construction of a new Marlborough Primary School.

The new school is larger than old one and provides 5,668sq m of space including new halls, studio space, classrooms and a biodiversity roof. External play spaces are also larger than the old school and include a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on the top level.

The design was developed to ensure the proposed massing and robust masonry detailing with characteristic stone banding would serve to compliment both the original school and the wider environment with the green glazed brick and circular windows. Several of the historic keystones and plaques from the original school were rebuilt into the new facade to preserve the legacy of Marlborough School.

“The new school is spacious and light and generously resourced. It has state of the art facilities including outdoor learning spaces, two large hall spaces, a community room, a dance studio, a creative media suite, an art and design studio and a multi-use games area on the roof. Marlborough also has its own specialist autism provision.”

“This multi-award winning project is an example of how when you get collaboration right a true partnership is formed. This school demonstrates how designer, contractor and client can push the boundaries while working within a defined cost plan.”