Exploring methods of making and construction, Dagenham Park Church of England School is a pioneering example of how collaborative working can deliver quality buildings in highly compressed timelines. A brightly accented three-storey box – split-level and organised around a central atrium – divides the school grounds into two similar-sized parcels. Its façades are composed of layers of storey-high load-bearing panels, crisply finished in pre-cast concrete developed as part of Laing O’Rourke’s Design for Manufacture and Assembly solution. Freely-styled black aluminium portals punch through the elevations, providing access to the cluster of large volumes that constitute the school’s interior. Large-scale graphics and bright accent colours complement an otherwise rigorously neutral material palette.