The winner of the annual Peckham Architecture Award, revived after a 40-year gap, has been announced.
The judging panel – including architectural writer Rory Olcayto, and members of the Peckham Society’s committee – selected Bellenden Primary School as winner.
Designed by Cottrell and Vermuelen Architects, judge Bill Morris described the building as a “kaleidoscope of activity and colour”.
He said: “The rooftop playground is particularly wonderful. It’s strong and bright and Peckham and enlivens a forgotten corner of SE15.”
Olcayto, a director of Open City, the charity behind Open House, said: “Bellenden School embodies the best qualities of Peckham’s vibrant townscape with a fresh take on the south London neighbourhood’s eccentric, cheek-by-jowl urbanism.
“Open to its surroundings, the school’s playgrounds flow around – and under – the classroom blocks (one of which appear to float above the tarmac) while bright yellow gables, portholes, and super-graphics contrast pleasantly with tough-looking castle-like walls too.
“It’s fun, friendly and functional. And loved by children and parents alike.”
The school will be presented with a ceramic plaque to celebrate its win.
Four other buildings were nominated: The Green in Nunhead, 95 Peckham Road, The Fire Station and The Slot House.