ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING

Southwark, London

The Aylesbury Estate is currently undergoing regeneration and this new Academy, with its Engineering specialism, will address the shortfall in local school places for boys. Proposals retain, refurbish and remodel a four-storey Victorian Board School building and add new accommodation to maximise use of the tight urban site.

A new metal-clad pavilion provides a welcoming entrance and a new four-storey brick building creates a range of open and enclosed learning spaces, grouped around a central atrium, for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). A flexible new performance space opens onto a linear play area which incorporates space for outdoor teaching and dining and leads to a new stand-alone Sports Hall. Facades incorporate generous windows for natural light and ventilation and the buildings connect into a local district heating system.

Team

Client
Balfour Beatty Education
Structural engineer
Buro Happold
Services engineer
Buro Happold
Quantity surveyor
Rider Levett Bucknall
Contractor
Balfour Beatty Construction

Photography
Edmund Sumner

Data

Completion date
2012
Area
100,000 sq ft
BREEAM rating
Very good
Location
Trafalgar Street
London SE17