New End School Association (nesa) is the parent teacher association at New End Primary School in Hampstead (http://www.newend.camden.sch.uk/). New End is a state school funded by the Government which provides free school places to 450 children from age 3 to 11.
A few years ago we invited all our neighbours to a meeting at New End Primary School to talk about our thoughts on reorganising the school to make it a better place for our pupils. At the time we had been working with architects ZeroZero and explored the idea of excavating under the West playground to build a new multi-purpose hall. Since then we have been working with Camden Council and Barron and Smith architects to look at all options.
The school opened in 1906 and is in an Edwardian listed building in a conservation area, built over a sloping site. Since the school was originally built the class intake has grown substantially over the years and now the same building has to accommodate 450 pupils and no longer meets the current legal standard. Constrained by the lack of space and limitations of the existing building we have been working to come up with an innovative plan to alter the internal layout of the building by remodelling classrooms, creating a larger hall and upgrading all learning spaces and facilities whilst not altering the footprint or the exterior of the building. We are excited that our plans will really benefit the children at New End now and in the future.