St. Bridget's School, The Coombe

This primary school for an inner city site takes the form of an asymmetrical three and four storey brick city castle behind a new perimeter wall, an inhabited edge to the CIty Council's relief road, which cuts a swathe through the Liberties. The open space between blocks is used as a series of play areas - linked miniature urban spaces for small people - and a memory of the former city plan on the site. A large assembly room runs through the building and connects the external spaces together. 

The scheme projects an architecture of ordinary public use appropriate for children and the school community. Its brick shape has an integral rationale, impervious to the noise and bustle of the street. 

The school has a strong dedication to environmental teaching and the plan includes areas of trees and space for gardens of flowers and vegetables.