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 constitutes the school’s interior. Large-scale graphics and bright accent colours complement an otherwise rigorously neutral material palette.