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Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south London, by Zaha Hadid Architects

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA + PLANS] Zaha Hadid Architects has completed this £36.5 million academy for 1,200 pupils in Brixton, south London

The Evelyn Grace Academy, which sits on a 1.4 ha inner-city site, includes a running track, dance studio and sports hall.

The design features two middle schools and two upper schools – each with separate access – grouped around shared central social areas.

According to the practice: ‘[The] Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community’s local urban regeneration process.

‘The design of the building, proffers that, which contemporary architecture can, to create a healthy atmosphere as a milieu for progressive teaching routines.’

Construction started in 2006 on a former disused council depot site.


Project data

Building area: 10,745m²
ClientSchool trust: ARK Education
Architect:Zaha Hadid Architects
Design:Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Lars Teichmann
Project Architect: Matthew Hardcastle
Project Team: Lars Teichmann, Matthew Hardcastle, Bidisha Sinha,Henning Hansen, Lisamarie Villegas Ambia, Judith Wahle, Enrico Kleinke, Christine Chow, Guy Taylor, Patrick Bedarf, Sang Hilliges, Hoda Nobakhti
Project Manager: Capita Symonds
Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon
Landscape:Gross Max
Acoustic Consultant: Sandy Brown Associates
Main Contractor: (Design & Build) Mace Plus
Main Contractor’s Architects: Bamber & Reddan
CDM Co-ord: Arup
FF&E:Favourite Cat
Planning consultants: DTZ
Employer’s Agent: EC Harris
Catering Consultant: Winton Nightingale


Readers' comments (3)

  • mace d&b. and wonder about the windows.
    well, maybe it ill shut Gove's gob up.

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  • Typical Zaha design, though her ranking on 'the wip list' has dipped. I guess that has something to do with her rigid PR team. This design, I like.

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  • hold it..... Been deciphering this project and it's clear that Zaha Hadid's Vienna University of Economics and Business soon under construction in Austria is a combination of Evelyn Grace Academy and MAXXI. OMG

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