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Ryder to design new £27m Halifax academy

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Ryder Architecture has been announced as the designers for the new £27 million Trinity Academy in Halifax, West Yorkshire

As part of the Carillon consortium, the academy - which will specialise in science with a health focus, and business and enterprise - will provide places for 1,200 students plus 300 places for sixth form students when complete in summer 2012.

Engagement is now ongoing to inform the designs and involves pupils, staff, parents and stakeholders.

Ian Kennedy, Ryder Architecture project director said: ‘Initial designs for the steeply sloping south facing site are for a terraced two storey building to maximise daylight and views.

‘Learning clusters run east to west and step up the hillside, working with the site topography. These are linked by the academy street which acts as the heart of the school and contains communal areas such as the learning resource centre, Sacred Space and dining areas. The street allows simple way finding, maximises passive supervision and provides a valuable out of hours resource for the wider community,’ he said.

The academy will be built on the existing Holy Trinity Senior School site.

The site will remain live throughout construction of the new academy building with the old school buildings to be later demolished for additional sports facilities.

An application for planning approval is expected to be made in early August.

Project Details

Architects: Ryder Architecture
Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire
Type of Project: Academy
Structural Engineers: Capita Symonds Structures
Project Architect: Ian Kennedy, project director Ryder Architecture
Client: Trinity Academy Trust
Contract duration: Completion summer 2012
Gross internal floor area: 13,011 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design and build
Total cost: £27 million
M&E consultant: Capita Symonds
Quantity surveyor: Carillon
Planning supervisor
Lighting consultant:
Main contractor: Carillon
Selected subcontractorsand suppliers SES

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