Rabbsfarm Primary School

London Borough of Hillington

Client: London Borough of Hillington

Completion: May 2014

Value: £7.5m

Project Summary

Opened by Boris Johnston in 2014 this exciting new 14 class base Primary School demonstrated how a restricted site can be overcome with imaginative design. The project provided the full complement of teaching accommodation augmented by a large multi-purpose hall and dining facility. Through thoughtful site master planning and careful phasing the new 2 storey building was delivered within 12 months whilst the existing adjacent school remained fully operational. To achieve this McAdams adopted non-traditional CLT construction methods for speed of erection. These presented additional fire and acoustic challenges which were resolved in collaboration with specialist advisors.

Sustainability was a key driver with the new building complying with the ‘London Plan’ which required inclusion of roof mounted photovoltaic panels and a brown roof. We optimised this approach by including a roof garden which is utilised as an additional teaching resource. This was all provided within a modern, energy efficient building which supported low life cycle maintenance costs.


Rabbsfarm Primary School was part of Hillingdon Borough Councils Accelerated Replacement Scheme for local primary schools. McAdams were thrilled to a leading participant in this programme and completed several other fast tracked primary schools from 2012-2016. Key feature included:

  • Non-traditional CLT construction methods for speed and certainty of delivery
  • Improved acoustic performance both internally and from external ambient noise created by the Heathrow flight paths
  • A new MUGA pitch on the site due to a more efficient use of the available space. This enhanced outdoor play whilst also providing a sports facility for local community use
  • Improved pedestrian and vehicular movement greatly increased pupil safety on site

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