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City of London Academy by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA + PLANS] Swanke Hayden Connell Architects has completed the second phase of the academy in Islington

The 8,060m² building replaces Islington Green School, made famous by the Pink Floyd hit Another Brick in the Wall which was sung pupils from the 1979 fourth form music class.

Last month 825 pupils aged between 14-19, moved into their new home.

Sat between 19th and 20th century buildings, the second phase of the project aims to ‘maintain the scale and character of its residential context’.

The height of the buildings has been restricted to three floors and a ‘simple material palette’ has been used. 

Sustainable features include; a ground source heat pump, green roof and photovoltaic panels.

The Richard Cloudesley School, a special needs secondary school, will be co-located and integrated into the same site as the Academy.

The final phase, the extension and refurbishment of the Tudor Rose Building and landscape, is currently under construction.


Architects: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Location: Prebend Street, Islington London, N1 8PQ 
Type Of Project: Academy School  with integrated Special Educational Needs School 
Structural Engineers: Buro Happold
Project Architect:  Loukia Lingi 
Design Team:  Tom Alexander, Nick Birchall, Steve Brown, Lenka Loviskova, Denitza Moreau, Ed  McCartney, Melanie Servante, Alex Rimmer, Paul Treacy, Maurice van Eijs , 

Client:  Sponsors: The City of London Corporation  and City University
Funding:  Department of Education (DCSF) and the sponsors
Tender date:  2007 
Start on site date:  January 2008 
Contract duration:  New build - 2 yrs 4 months (completed Apr 2010); Refurbishment - 1 yr 6 months (due for completion Nov 2011) 
Gross internal floor area: 10,200m² (of which approx 2000m² SEN School)
  Form of contract and/or procurement:  Partnering Agreement (PPC 2000, 2003 revision) 
Total cost:    Approx. £23m for main school and £5m for SEN School (including FFE)

M&e consultant / Lighting consultant: Buro Happold
Quantity surveyor: E C Harris
Planning supervisor:  Johnston Mather 
Main contractor:  Galliford Try Construction 
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: 

  • Cladding: Ascon
  • Sports Hall sprung floor: Junckers 
  • Suspended ceilings: SAS

Annual co2 emissions:   Part L target (TER) 29.8 kgCO2/sqm/yr; Designed (BER) 27.24 kgCO2/sqm/yr; ie 9% better than Building regs

BREEAM evaluation: Excellent

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