Foster and Partners is set to build another of the government's exemplar 'City Academies', following on from projects in London's Bexley and Brent.
The Department for Education and Skills has appointed the practice to test out the viability of a £32 million academy planned for Peterborough. During this feasibility stage, Foster and Partners will consult with the local community to prepare detailed plans, including an educational vision and initial design.
If the proposal wins approval from the secretary of state, it will be the largest scheme of its kind, serving 2,200 pupils.
Spencer de Grey, partner at Fosters and Partners, said: 'This is a very significant educational project that offers great potential for innovation. Should the academy be given the go-ahead, we would create an inspirational building of which both the children and the city can be proud.'