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Abraham Darby Sports and Learning Community


Location Client Cost Completion
Telford, UK Kier £30m 2012

Project details

New academy building sponsored by the Haberdashers’ Livery Company.

The academy is set on a sloping site at the gateway to the Ironbridge World Heritage Site. The scheme exploits the levels to produce a highly compact design, freeing up as much space as possible for external play, learning and sports.

The different elements are articulated as a series of linked pavilions stepping down the slope. The academy is composed as a formal collegiate block at the heart of the school. Its foursquare traditional form reflects its sponsor’s ethos of ‘enlightened traditionalism’.
The design has been developed to the highest environmental standards and has a host of sustainable features including on site CHP generation and an anaerobic digester for organic waste.


  • combine new academy with a new primary school and a community leisure centre
  • configure the space so each stakeholder can express its own identity and ethos


  • the academy is BREEAM excellent and generates a 64% carbon reduction over current Part L2 requirements

Integrated services

architecture, structural engineering, environmental engineering, sustainability, lighting, acoustics, landscape architecture