Hallfield Primary School

Drake and Lasdun, London, 1951


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South view of two-storeyed block 

Drake and Lasdun     Download Original

  • South view of two-storeyed block    
  • As comprehensive from above as it is stimulating from within    
  • View of juniors    
  • View of water tanks enclosed in blue glass    
  • Infants    
  • Conservatory    
  • Corridor between infants school and administration building    
  • Corridor along the north side of the juniors    
  • Detail of juniors    
  • Juniors    
  • Passage on the first floor between the juniors    
  • Passage on the first floor    
  • View from teh crush hall    
  • West side of projecting block    
  • View from hexoganol window    
  • entrance ahll with wall painting by Stefan Knapp    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • section    
  • Cut-out of the precast concrete mullions and transomes    

Two-storey primary school building clad in glass with distinctive concrete mullions and louvres

The project, an extension of the Hallfield housing scheme, comprises of; classrooms, administration offices, assembly and entrance hall.

The school is planned on two floors with its administration centre along a corridor on the first floor. The assembly, crush and entrance halls are used out of school hours for adult social activities.

The structural system exploits all the possible load bearing elements and is a result of close collaboration between architect and engineer. The dividing partitions between the classrooms are built in 9 inch brickwork, forming load bearing cross walls at 24ft centres. The thickness of the wall also ensures ample noise reduction.

The mullions and louvres, made of precast concrete, are the main feature of the building's elevation. Stone faced cladding slabs are used as the shuttering for the in situ concrete external walls.


  • Completed: Jan 1951
  • Sector: Education
  • Address: Hallfield Estate, Westminster, London, W2 6JJ, United Kingdom

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