PUBLISHED: 13:31 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:34 11 July 2018
Fears there wouldn’t be enough school places in Tufnell Park for the number of kids in the area have been allayed by a primary school expansion project – costing £14million.
The student roll call at Tufnell Park Primary School in Dalmeny Road, which has served the community for more than 70 years, will swell from 315 to 630 by 2025 with the addition of a three-storey new building on the same site.
Ahead of the school’s consultation last year, Islington councillors had warned that by 2019 there could be a dearth of pupil places in the area.
Due to be finished in spring 2020, the project will push ahead with a significant upgrade on the current size of the school, which is a single-storey building and a separate nursery.
A library has been designed to create a new “heart” at the centre of the school building. It will be near the main entrance to encourage visitors and the wider community to “celebrate learning”.
The multi-use games area and sports halls will also be available to both the school and people living in the area for use outside of the school day.
Cllr Joe Caluori, education chief at Islington Council, said: “The school is hugely popular with local families and rightly so.
“With strong demand for school places here, we wanted to make sure the expanded school would create a high-quality, pleasant and airy learning environment that helps get the best out of pupils and teachers – and with facilities and spaces that are fit for the future, too.
“I am already looking forward to taking a tour of the finished building.”
The new building is described as having “a bright and spacious interior with light wells reaching up three floors in the main corridors”, as well as “a double-height foyer with a glass-fronted library to give an impressive, inspirational feel to the entrance space”.
Construction company Morgan Sindall, appointed to the project, have pledged to “minimise construction traffic, dust and noise usually impacting a school and its community” by assembling the buildings off site and transporting them over.
Richard Dobson of Morgan Sindall said: “We’re delighted to be working together with the council on our third school in the last two years.”