16/13245 Gems Primary Academy, High Street Kingston
Sep 2017: Planning application approved
Demolition of existing buildings and re-development to provide a part 3, part 4-part 5 storey building with basement to accommodate a 2FE primary school (420 pupils) and 11 residential apartments within the Kingston Old Town conservation area.
The Society supported this in March 2017. In our view it has the makings of a good and sensitive scheme. The aim to express the school and housing on the High Street façade has a natural logic and, very importantly, maintains the character of the High Street setting. To the rear the merge of the residential style and scale with the academia is a good attempt to be sensitive to the cottages behind. It is further enhanced by the articulation as the forms step along the angled boundary.
The Gems Academy has decided NOT to proceed due to insufficient children in the catchment area. See here