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Richard Rose Morton Academy


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Cumbria, UK Kier for Cumbria County Council £25m 2011 1

Project details

The building centres on a three storey glass atrium and includes a flexible lecture theatre to accommodate 400 people, which also provides a civic quality space for Carlisle.

The open form of the building welcomes pupils from both the south and north of the site, with the south incorporating an open plaza and urban orchard which provides a buffer between the academy and the adjacent road.

The two wings are linked together by a ‘mega bridge’ at the narrowest point of the building’s atrium which visually splits the space into two distinct halves. The northern half is for dining use, and the southern is the showpiece of the building, a large multi-functional space.


  • create an environment in which the learning process is broadened and enriched
  • a new school to accommodate 1150 pupils and a 250 place sixth form
  • a modern approachable building responsive to its suburban setting


  • an inclusive, welcoming, sustainable and open academic landscape which works at every level
  • an academy open to the community as an extended learning environment throughout the year
  • RIBA Regional Award 2012

Integrated services

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