Kettering Science Academy
Kettering Science Academy was the sample scheme for the Northamptonshire County Council academies programme. The new building accommodates 1100 pupils from Years 7 to 11, with a further 250 sixth-form students.
The design strongly reflects the philosophy of its sponsor, the Brooke Weston Trust, reinforcing the trust's tenets of community, equality and mutual respect. The main entrance, under an imposing canopy, is at the academy's upper floor level. Two-storey teaching wings are arranged around a large circular courtyard, which is overlaid with a secondary elliptical geometry, forming the focus for the library, restaurant, theatre and main circulation routes.
Each teaching wing comprises a generous, double-height open learning area, lit from above by north-facing rooflights. Fully-glazed classroom walls flank this space on either side.
An innovative strategy of low energy design was coupled with energy-efficient services solutions including ground source heat pumps and Termodeck planks.