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Atkins' North Liverpool Academy gets under way

Work has started on Atkins' new North Liverpool Academy, on the edge of Everton Park.

The multi-million pound scheme in Hamilton Road will house 12 science laboratories, engineering workshops, a theatre, recording studios and information and communication technology-equipped teaching rooms.

According to the practice, the new college has been designed as a simple rectangular box split by a 'striking curved form at the centre' to create a 'spectacular external profile' for the academy.

A sixth-form common room and learning resource centre - dubbed the Learning Deck - will sit within the highest point of the development and enjoy panoramic views of the Liverpool skyline, the River Mersey and the distant Welsh mountains.

A spokesman for the practice said: 'Atkins' challenge was to create a modern school building that would provide a highly flexible environment for learning and create a very memorable landmark.

'By basing the building on a very simple large rectangle and using ETFE for covered light wells, Atkins has simplified circulation routes and provided natural daylight to classrooms deep within the building.'

by Richard Waite

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