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One of a number of city academies that Churchman have been involved in planning and implementing. Phase 1 of the project was completed for the beginning of the 2007 academic year, followed by phase 2 in 2008.

This new school for 1100 pupils, situated on a one hectare site, will focus on humanities and citizenship. The spatial constraints demand intensification of use with both the ground plane and roof areas utilised. External spaces connect through the building threshold improving the perception of space and accessible landscapes are established on a variety of levels.

Roof areas were developed to provide a range of teaching environments. These ecology rich habitats contribute to a sustainable drainage strategy and improve building performance. The incorporation of brown roofs alongside pre-established green roofs enhance the site's biodiversity and provide a valuable teaching resource. The specification of these roof systems employs recycled building waste and compost developed with specialist manufacturers. Sensitive negotiations between stakeholders including local resident groups were essential to the delivery of a scheme that maximised the potential of the site, recognised concerns of the neighbourhood and provided a robust manageable design that is both flexible and varied in form.








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