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Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

EDUCATION Kettering

EDUCATION Kettering Science Academy Kettering, Northamptonshire The project involved building a completely new academy alongside the existing one on the former school playing fields. This required the responsible disposal of an area of 30,000 m 2 . A further 30,000 m 3 of material was cut to fill in order to create a level building platform. This was preceded by the removal of 95 trees and the vegetated soil to form the footprint for the new school simultaneously with the demolishing of the former Kettering Science Academy. These demolition works were carried out in a residential area, adjacent both the new live school buildings and a primary school. Across 10,000 m 2 of this new area trenching was installed to construct a ground source heat pump system and because of the confines of the area a void was created to install an underground Tubosider attenuation tank. Following an extensive asbestos removal program spoil from the site was taken to a nearby landfill site in Kettering and the imported recycled material was produced under the WRAP protocol. Recycled materials supplied conformed to SHW Class 6F5 and 6B to form the capping layer and starter layer. Also used was a large quantity of recycled asphalt planings, which is the spoil from local highways resurfacing projects. Geotextile separation material was installed as part of the package. The project achieved an excellent recycling rate, with over 90% of the project arisings being diverted from landfill. This included the crushing of all brick and concrete arisings to be re-used in the following landscaping and car park installation works. The design strongly reflects the vision and educational philosophy of its sponsor, the Brooke Weston Academy Trust, resulting in a building that promotes positive behaviour and encourages social interaction. The new building and its facilities were designed not only to re-establish the value of learning within the community but also to act as a resource for the local community and contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the area. It is enjoyable to use due to the clarity and fluidity of the circulation. The transparency and play of natural light creates a dynamic, open and stimulating place. 40 SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016

EDUCATION Kettering Science Academy was the sample scheme for the Northamptonshire County Council academies programme. The new building for the secondary phase of the academy accommodates 1100 pupils from Years 7 to 11, with a further 250 sixth-form students. Nicholas Hare Architects’ design strongly reflects the vision and educational philosophy of its sponsor, the Brooke Weston Academy Trust, reinforcing the trust’s tenets of community, equality and mutual respect. The main entrance, under an imposing canopy, is at the academy’s upper floor level. Two-storey teaching wings are arranged around a large circular courtyard, which is overlaid with a secondary elliptical geometry, and forms the focus for the library, restaurant, theatre and main circulation routes. Each teaching wing is composed of a generous, double-height open learning area, lit from above by north-facing rooflights. Fully-glazed classroom walls flank this space on either side. An innovative strategy of low energy design was coupled with energy-efficient services solutions including ground source heat pumps and Termodeck planks. Kettering Science Academy won a Commendation at the 2015 Civic Trust Awards. Credits Architect: Nicholas Hare Architects Client: Northamptonshire County Council & Brooke Weston Partnership Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon Structural Engineer: Cox Turner Morse M&E Engineers: WSP Group M&E Engineers: (post-contract:) NG Bailey SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016 41