Harrietsham Primary School awarded to Coombs

Coombs have been selected to expand Harrietsham Primary School under Kent County Council’s Principal Contractor Framework Agreement.

We will be working with Hazle McCormack Young Architects (HMY) to develop a scheme from scratch after the falling through of a land purchase made previous options undeliverable. Our early involvement will lead to improved buildability and cost certainty of design.

Under a Pre-Contract Services Agreement, our initial works will include carrying out an options appraisal; developing the design; managing the planning application in addition to ecology mitigation works.

The project is located in a Special Landscape Area and within the foreground of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our design will seek to conserve, maintain and enhance the natural and historic environments of Harrietsham.

The 1FE expansion will include six classrooms; a group room; administration areas; reception; kitchen and dining hall extensions; WCs; hard and soft play areas. The original Harrietsham School was an exemplar in low energy design successfully integrated into a sensitive landscape setting. As a result, with HMY and CTP Consulting Engineers we will develop a respectful expansion that is compatible in scale, form and appearance with the existing school and local context.

Harrietsham Primary School is the latest project for Kent County Council in our education portfolio. Other school projects undertaken on behalf of KCC include Brent Primary School, East Folkestone Primary School, St James The Great Primary School and Broomhill Bank School.