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Marlowe Academy


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Ramsgate, Kent, UK Roger de Haan Saga Group & DfCSF £21m 2006 3

Project details

An inspiring secondary school for the 21st century.

We put everything in one structure: a whole student town under a single roof with the longest spanning Kerto grid shell in the UK, in a landscaped arena that draws the local public in to share the facilities.

BDP handled every part of the project, from landscape design to interior fittings. We worked closely with the three teaching faculties to create ideal spaces for each.

The building was given a heart by connecting these spaces with a central theatre for the whole school to gather, perform and showcase its achievements.


  • create an inspirational learning environment for 1200 students
  • open up school facilities to the local community
  • break free from conventional ideas about school design


  • fresh learning environment improves behaviour and achievement
  • energy savings thanks to our one-roof design
  • school facilities well used and supported by local people
  • awards: RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award 2007, RIBA National Award 2007 and Wood Award (Structural Category) 2007

Integrated services

architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, interior design, lighting, landscape architecture, acoustics