Client: LB Redbridge (submitted by Skanska LSE)
This very low energy and super-insulated academy carefully integrates four separate key stage schools within one larger school of 1,250 students. The concepts of levity and gravity have been used to define the two distinct elements of the building. A dramatic sports beam, supported on two-storey columns over public space, intersects with a four-storey main volume which contains the teaching accommodation and a multi-use performance space that serve both the school and the wider community. Courtyards are ‘carved out’ from the building volumes to bring daylight and delight to the circulation spaces. The
development of the school has also provided opportunities to regenerate the surrounding environment for the benefit of the wider community, which have been incorporated as the design and construction has progressed.