Redevelopment at Queen’s Park Primary School given the green light

A school is to undergo significant redevelopment work to improve the safeguarding of pupils.

Westminster Council has granted planning permission for a new school reception and meeting rooms at Queen’s Park Primary School, in Droop Street.

The proposals seek to improve pupil safeguarding by providing a new dedicated entrance.

Visitors currently arriving at the school have to pass through the playground to get to the main entrance.

The new first floor meeting room will also be used by the governors and parent groups, and its location in the reception building avoids having to open the main school buildings in the evenings, saving energy and running costs.

The new visitors and school reception has been designed to complement its location in the Queen’s Park Conservation Area and the Grade II listed school building.

Its façade will be similar to one of the original Victorian corner shops elsewhere in the estate.

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The work will also include the demolition of outbuildings and a playground, and the creation of a new playground, and changes will be made to the school’s boundary walls.

Cllr Danny Chalkley, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is a good example of Westminster City Council actively investing in the educational needs of our children and young people in the community.

“The new extensions are an appropriate design approach in keeping with the conservation area and will not harm the amenities of neighbouring residents.”