£7m Jesmond Gardens school named North-East building of the year

Head teacher Jane Loomes celebrates with some of her pupils at Jesmond Gardens Primary School, which has won three major architectural awards.

Head teacher Jane Loomes celebrates with some of her pupils at Jesmond Gardens Primary School, which has won three major architectural awards.

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A PROUD headteacher has spoken of her “pride” after her state-of-the-art school won four honours at a glitzy award ceremony.

The £7m Jesmond Gardens Primary School, in Hartlepool, was honoured by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with the RIBA North East Award, a RIBA National Award plus the North-East sustainability award and the North-East building of the year award.

Jesmond Gardens head-teacher, Jane Loomes, said: “We are so delighted and proud to receive this recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects, and to win no less than four awards is a truly amazing honour.

“Thanks to our great partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and the architects ADP, we have created a school which is truly inspiring and is such a wonderful place in which to learn and work.”

Labour councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of the council’s children’s services committee, added: “From the overall design down to the smallest details, the school is impressive in every way and these top accolades are most richly deserved.”

The school could also be in line for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, for the best building of the year, to be drawn from all the national winners.