Harris Academy Bromley

We worked with Kier Construction on the design of Harris Academy Bromley as part of the London 2 batch of the Education Funding Agency's Priority Schools Building Programme. The Academy is a girls' school with a roll of 900 secondary pupils and a mixed sixth form of 260.

The new structure is a simple 3-storey building (in brick and render) that runs parallel to the southern boundary of the Academy, and together with the retained buildings gives greater coherence and legibility to the site, defining a secure central courtyard.

A complex phasing programme was developed to allow the Academy to run in existing buildings alongside the redevelopment work. Another constraint on the scheme was the site's location within the Aldersmead Conservation Area, requiring a restrained, sensitive response in terms of massing and external appearance, ensuring the new building sits comfortably within the site context.

The current main school building is a locally listed building dating from the 1920s, which has been refurbished to provide general teaching and administrative support space.  More recent buildings towards the rear of the tight suburban site have been demolished to make way for a new specialist teaching building, accommodating the Science and Art departments, together with a new sports hall. 

Our Team

  • Jayne Bird
  • Stephen Golding
  • William Hayward
  • Gerard Ryan
  • Janet Stapleton

Project Team


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