Suffolk New Academy

Sam worked as project architect on this new school in Ipswich for Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, taking it to a successful planning consent as one of a tranche of school projects in the region. Developed using BIM in collaboration with Max Fordham Environmental Engineers for Kier Eastern, the scheme was developed under the governments new fast track, lower budget school's programme. 

Sam acted as lead consultant for a full design team to deliver the design stage of the project in just 6 weeks. Weekly design consultation meetings were held with the school, and engagement with the staff and students was key. The project evolved as a super-efficient square plan with a 3 storey central atria space providing gathering, dining and meeting space. A new public plaza actively invited students and the surrounding community onto the campus - a dramatic change from the existing school in the most deprived ward of the city.

A solid, collegiate brick building was proposed to give this important community building gravitas. A modular window system with simple incorporated ventilation louvres was developed with the environmental engineers to provide a secure, user led approach to the control of the internal environment. Deep reveals to the brickwork and a bronze colour to the windows and curtain walling give a real sense of quality. A coloured glazed brickwork entrance was developed with students from the school and a local artist to emphasise the entrance in a colourful, tactile way which represents the school's ethos.  

The scheme is currently being constructed and is due to open in September 2015. It is being built under a design and build contract by Kier with a value of £9.5m.