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Fairfield Secondary School


Location Client Cost Completion
Bristol, UK Bristol City Council £17m (FF&E £300,000) 2006

Project details

A secondary school for 1120 pupils providing greater accessibility and inclusion in education provision.

We designed this school as a vertical school on 6 levels with galleried classrooms set around an internal school 'piazza' and gathering space.

The school integrates the 11-16 secondary school with a specialist deaf centre to form an inclusive environment of a 'school within a school'.

The hilltop setting affords panoramic views over the city of Bristol. The sloping site is transformed into a learning garden, receiving sunlight and warmth from its southwesterly aspect. Ecology garden, games areas, social play spaces, and drama theatre are grouped as a series of outdoor rooms utilising the different levels of the site.


  • greater accessibility and inclusion
  • inspirational and aspirational


  • a very popular and oversubscribed school
  • a national flagship for inclusion
  • a landmark on the city’s skyline

Integrated services

architecture, interior design (FF&E), environmental engineering, structural engineering, landscape architecture, acoustics