Ark Franklin Primary Academy

Sara Wigglesworth Architects, London, 2018


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The refurbishment at Ark Franklin Primary Academy sets out to re-imagine the front entrance courtyard / lobby and library area.

Working closely with the client, SWA designed large joinery items, alongside bespoke canopies, signage and landscaping to create playful and intimate environments that encourage learning and discovery. The project has been inspired by the iconic scientist Rosalind Franklin, who helped discover the double helix of DNA and who the school has been named after.

New discovery walls and a sensory garden re-defines the entrance sequence courtyard space, offering new learning opportunities to engage with reused materials. The reception lobby has been modelled with fitted cabinets, seating and a ceiling feature, including a new reception desk made from recycled plastics to provide a welcoming and uplifting entrance space.

On the first floor, the refurbishment of the library reimagines the space into a playful amphitheatre with integrated shelving, a snug under-croft area and stage for performances, storytelling and assemblies.


  • Begun: Jul 2018
  • Completed: Nov 2018
  • Floor area: 270m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £247,300
  • Funding: Ark Franklin Primary Academy
  • Tender date: Apr 2018
  • Procurement: JCT ICD 2016
  • Address: Ark Franklin Primary Academy, Harvist Road, London, NW6 6HJ, United Kingdom

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