University of Cambridge Primary School

project overview

The University of Cambridge Primary School was the first completed building as part of the North West Cambridge Development.  The iconic circular building designed by Marks Barfield Architects with Willmott Dixon as the main contractor was opened in September 2015 to 120 pupils.

Education and young people are at the heart of the design of the University of Cambridge Primary School.  Its circular form and single-story building promotes the school’s ethos to be inclusive ambitious and innovative; the non-hierarchical structure allows every voice to be heard. The building is comprised of a series of classroom clusters and learning streets where there are no corridor ends and doors to limit learning or interrupt the children.

The School is the first University Training School at a Primary level in the country and will be a three-form entry serving the local catchment.

project team

Client: University of Cambridge

Architect: Marks Barfield

Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction


RIBA East Award 2017 – WINNER

Structural Steel Design Awards 2016 – NATIONAL FINALIST

Cambridge Design & Construction Awards 2016 – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Key information

Iconic circular design by Marks Barfield

First university primary school in the country