Cherry Orchard Primary Academy
- Studios: Architecture/Planning/CDM
- Client: Henley Camland
- Location: Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent
- Completed: November 2017
- Project value: £7.8m
Intrinsically linked, but very much separate facilities, the new Cherry Orchard Primary Academy and Castle Hill Community Centre create a civic anchor at the heart of the emerging Castle Hill community at Ebbsfleet Garden City.
Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, a two-form entry primary school, takes the form of a two-storey structure, designed to be expended in the future to respond to the needs of the growing community. The internal layout has been purposefully, logically designed: younger pupils occupy the ground floor where protected and controlled outside learning spaces can be provided, with older pupils moving up to the first floor, providing a milestone for their progression through their school years.
The Castle Hill Community Centre provides a welcoming inclusive space for residents of Castle Hill, with a variety of meeting spaces and a large hall for social gatherings.
Materials and textures of the external building envelopes have taken inspiration from the historic use of the site as a quarry; the stepped form is broken by a series of wildflower and sedum covered cantilevered roofs and canopies, with the building finished in pale coloured fibre cement panelling, referencing the local chalk landscape.