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Bridge Academy


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Hackney, London, UK DCSF (formerly DfES) & UBS AG confidential 2008 2

Project details

The academy forms a seven level interactive learning environment in a dense inner city multi ethnic site alongside the Regent's Canal.

Galleried learning space is set around a social gathering area and learning hub. A sweeping structural arch supports the centre of the school, allowing the learning space to be column free and totally flexible.

Teaching terraces extend the internal learning space as outdoor classrooms overlooking the canalside environment.

The form of the building has been designed to minimise energy use by maximising daylight to the teaching spaces and it is predominantly naturally ventilated.


  • new independent state-maintained academy for 1150 pupils aged 11-18
  • specialise in music and maths
  • to be accessible for community use out of school hours


  • acts as a regenerator for a neglected area of Hackney
  • builds on BDP’s successful ‘schools without corridors’ concept maximising social cohesiveness and develops the idea of providing a ‘school without columns’
  • ACE Engineering Excellence Award 2009, Bentley Success Award (Best use of BIM) 2006

Integrated services

architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, lighting, landscape architecture