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Zaha wins planning for south London academy - images

Zaha Hadid Architects has won outline planning approval for a new City Academy scheme in Brixton, south London.

The school, which will specialise in sport and mathematics, will accommodate 1,200 pupils from the Lambeth region who are currently forced to travel to Westminster to be taught.

The Shakespeare Road Academy is being sponsored by children's charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), which was set up by hedge-fund billionaire Arpad Busson.

Hadid's involvement with the academy will bring a trophy building to the Labour-run borough of Lambeth .

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect is also working on the 2012 Olympic Games Aquatic Centre and is seeing her popularity soar in the UK, despite having only one completed building here, the Maggie's Centre in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

The £40 million school will, it is hoped, increase the stock of the surrounding area, as the impressive new school is likely to lure parents when it opens in September 2009.

by Richard Vaughan

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