MODEL PRIMARY SCHOOL, NEWTOWNARDS

Value: £5,000,000

Client: South Eastern Education and Library Board

The Model Primary School was designed in the Jacobean Revival style, by Frederick Darley of Dublin around 1858 and opened in 1862. It was one of twenty-eight model schools erected throughout Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. Restoration to the external fabric included stonework repairs, replacement of missing carved details and refurbishment of sash windows. A new two-storey extension is separated from the original building by a full height glazed atrium. The project received numerous awards.