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Enterprise South Liverpool Academy


Location Client Cost Completion
Liverpool, UK Liverpool City Council, Enterprise South Liverpool Academy £22m 2013

Project details

A symbol of regeneration.

This new academy is conceived as a ribbon, clad in shiny aluminium shingles. The form provides a visual presence to the entry vista and rises up to the main body of the building into a highly visible prow before wrapping around and down, enclosing the main body of learning spaces.

The ribbon unites the four main parts of the academy, its form defining and enclosing the external community piazza and an internal central heartspace.

Passive design strategies such as building orientation maximise the natural daylight levels whilst minimising solar heat gains. Earth tubes and exposed concrete soffits use thermal mass to reduce energy peak demands.

A building totally fit for purpose.

Jack Pendlebury Principal


  • provide a new specialist school to serve as a national centre of business and enterprise
  • create a building with the ‘wow’ factor


  • contributing to the rejuvenation of South Liverpool
  • central to the community and symbol of regeneration

Integrated services

architecture, landscape architecture, civil & structural engineering, environmental engineering, acoustics, sustainability, planning