[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] The AJ can reveal the first photographs of Foster + Partners £23 million Langley Academy in Slough
Although it has been open to students and staff for nearly a year, the 1,150 pupil science academy will only be officially ‘launched’ later today (12 November) by Olympic medal-winning rower Matthew Pinsent.
The three-storey building, which replaced the now-demolished Langleywood School, is understood to be the first in the UK to have its own museum. More than 500 items and artefacts, including the rowing boat used by the victorious British rowing crew in the 2000 Olympic Games, are displayed throughout the building.
As well as 38 classrooms, the academy also boasts 10 science labs housed in three yellow drums floating within the main atrium (pictured below). The school also has a block which is home to TV and recording studios, a theatre, rehearsal space, sports hall and lecture theatre.
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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: The Langley Academy, Slough
Type Of Project: Secondary School for 1,150 pupils and 160 Staff
Structural Engineers: Buro Happold
Project Architect: Nigel Dancey, Iwan Jones
Design Team: Dominik Hauser, Rachel MacIntyre , Adrian Nicholas, Declan Sharkey, Stefan Unnewehr, Pietje Witt
Client: DCSF and Langley Academy Trust , ARBIB Foundation
Funding: DCSF and contribution from ARBIB Foundation
Tender date: 2004
Start on site date: December 2006
Contract duration: 72 weeks
Form of contract and/or procurement: traditional form of contract JCT form of contract.
Two stage tender - On time and on budget
Total cost: £23 million
M&e consultant: Buro Happold
Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon
Planning supervisor: Buro Happold
Lighting consultant: Buro Happold
Main contractor: Wates
Annual CO2 emissions: Estimated carbon savings compared to a typical academy is 131 tonnes annually