We teamed up with our client, education charity United Learning Trust, to transform the first independent grammar school in the country to become a City Academy. New facilities for the school's 700 pupils were built in two phases to minimize disruption to activities on a restricted site.
Work began with the Donner Building — three stories of classrooms and an assembly hall — which is the central hub of the school. Stripped back to its concrete frame and floors, the building, now roughly L-shaped in plan, was wrapped in a steel frame for fast, economically viable construction. Designed in red brick to match the school's Victorian buildings, the walls meet in a double height glazed atrium to form a high-visibility entrance. Aluminium standing-seam roof panels provide watertight longevity while reducing heat loss.
Remodelled for new use, the science block's partition walls have been used to reconfigure interior space. New services have been installed to accommodate changing areas and sports facilities. Where we were unable to locate plant on the ground floor, the first floor structure was strengthened using additional steelwork.
Modifications to the sports hall included the insertion of a first floor viewing mezzanine.