Landscape Finishes, Roof Garden Play areas and a second storey MUGA complete London’s Award winning New Development

Designed by architect Rock Townsend and constructed by main contractor Telford Homes, ‘The Vibe’ has been an extraordinarily successful development. It saw the existing Holy Trinity Primary School demolished to make way for an expanded two-form entry (with up to 460 children) primary school and nursery, as well as an open air playground and 101 residential flats above, in a 10 storey block. The proposal represents the final phase of the wider Dalston Square development, with the scheme designed to reflect the other blocks around the new public space.

Outdoor amenity space was key to successfully integrating housing and a school on a restricted urban site. This solution integrates two innovative double-height open-air play decks that separate the school from the housing. Coupled with mature ground floor landscaping and classroom balconies, this dramatically increases outside play space despite the addition of housing to the site.

Valley Landscape Construction took the open-air play decks from insulation layer to finish, and the exterior landscape finishes and playground areas from groundwork stage to finish. As well as extensive hard and soft landscaping works, the work included the installation of a polymeric Multi Use Games Area and running track. Other surfaces included paving, resin bound stone, decking and artificial grass. Numerous playground equipment units, bespoke dipping pond and ‘Bear Cave’ play features were also installed.

The project won the Mixed Usage Built Award at New London Awards 2017 and the London Sustainable Development Commission Award at the Housing Design Awards 2017.


Renders credited to Telford Homes Plc

"A perfectly genius proposal. The design for the redevelopment of Holy Trinity School is pioneering and cleverly tackles the need to provide more housing and more primary school places."
Boris Johnson Mayor of London