Goat Lees Primary School, Ashford

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The multiple award winning new Goat Lee’s Primary School in Ashford was built by WW Martin for Kent County Council.

The school which forms part of a larger residential development was built on unused, overgrown land and allows the new community access to a school that is within easy reach of their homes.

The scheme which achieved a BREEAM Very Good accreditation, is a one-form entry Primary School designed and built to allow natural light, good air quality/natural ventilation, flexible teaching facilities and good links with the outside space.

The school is divided into two wings and features a spacious entrance hall that is connected via a glazed walkway with landscaped gardens either side. This walkway acts as a bridge between the entrance hall and teaching space which separates the two, allowing for the hall to be used as a venue for community clubs and events outside of school hours.

Within the teaching space, a communal learning hub provides entry to the seven classrooms all of which have direct access to the all-weather outdoor teaching space.

Construction overview

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) was utilised during the construction process to help ‘fast-track’ the works on site. This method of construction also provides future flexibility for the school’s internal layout, as walls and partitions can be adjusted if teaching requirements change.

Low carbon technology, including passive stack ventilation and Photo Voltaic (PV) panels are featured on the building as well as the use of green roof technology to provide long term environmental and ecological benefits. In addition, a natural ventilation system comprises CO2 and temperature sensors, enabling vents to open and close automatically.


Client: Kent County Council
Architect: Pellings
Value: 2,500,000

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