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Westminster Academy


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
London, UK Westminster Academy & Westminster City Council £33m 2007 2

Project details

The successful result of a true collaboration by a large and disparate team.

We consulted closely with community groups and helped to provide a new academy resulting from a closure of an existing poorly performing school.

The engineers incorporated long spans and large cantilevers allowing the classrooms and teaching spaces to be column free. Concrete plays an important role with a reinforced concrete frame and exposed concrete finishes.

The interior designers developed the FF&E design where furniture layouts facilitated new ways of learning and influenced the architectural spaces.

High levels of daylight and dynamic sunlight were introduced and were complemented by fluorescent luminaires for a visually stunning lighting scheme.


This is truly inspiring building that oozes respect for its users. It will develop and grow to serve a modern vision of teaching and learning.

British Council for School Environments


  • design a new school  with sports facilities for 1175 pupils in a disadvantaged area on a constrained site in central London
  • allow community access for  sport and learning after school hours


  • “The kids love the building”
  • the management of the procurement process and budget enabled funds  to be delivered back to the projects.
  • AL Awards Best Incorporation of Daylight 2008
  • 2008 RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award, Inspiring Design – Secondary School BCSE award

Integrated services

lead consultant, environmental engineering, structural engineering, lighting, landscape architecture, FF&E consultant, (architects – AHMM)