This new flagship school and community sports facility is the focus of the new urban extension at Great Kneighton (Clay Farm) in Cambridge. The concept for the school is based on an innovative plan and sectional form with cellular teaching spaces organised directly adjacent to open-plan content creation zones.
The outstanding acoustics performance of the central heart space was originally modelled in Max Fordham’s auralisation studio which allowed real life teaching scenarios to be explored with the client. The complex roof form elegantly integrates photovoltaic panels with north lights which provide the necessary controlled daylight for the open learning areas whilst providing sufficient surfaces to incorporate acoustic absorption.
The design team overcame significant site abnormals to ensure the project was affordable. The project was delivered with compliance to BIM Level 2 and Soft Landings and achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
You can watch a video of the project here.
Building Awards – sustainability project of the year 2017 – shortlisted
LABC Building Excellence awards 2017, East Anglia region – Best Educational Building
LABC Building Excellence national awards 2017 – Best Educational Building – 2017 Shortlisted
Civic Trust Awards 2016 winner – Commendation
Cambridge Design and Construction Awards 2016 Finalist – Best New Building over £2m, Engineering & Sustainability Project of the year & Craftsmanship Award (2nd place for all)
RICS Awards 2017 Community Benefit Award and Design through Innovation – Shortlisted
IStructE Yorkshire Structural Engineering Awards 2017 – Shortlisted
The first new school building to be built in Cambridge in 40 years
‘It is lovely to see the children working in a building which is beautifully designed and allows for different types of learning.’
HRH Duke of Gloucester
‘I was delighted at the pupils’ reaction when viewing the school. They are clearly really excited to see it and it’s great to see they really think it’s a school to be proud of.’
Executive principal Andrew Hutchinson
‘This is just a fantastic facility to have, not just for the school but for the community as well.’
Head of school John Jones
Location Cambridge, UK
Photographer Jack Hobhouse