On 18, Jul 2012 | In Education | By cyan
Evelyn Grace Academy
- Project: Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton
- Client: ARK Schools
- Architect: Bamber & Reddan
- Project Value: £1.3M
A highly stylised zig-zag of steel and glass, the Evelyn Grace Academy is squeezed into the tightest of urban sites. The architects received a complex brief: Four schools needed to sit under a single academy umbrella, mixing independence and unity. The architects were strongly encouraged by the client to ‘think outside the box’. Evelyn Grace Academy is part of ARK Schools, a charity established in 2004 to create a network of exceptional, non-selective inner-city schools through the government’s academies programme. This project won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2011.
Our element of works included the design and build of dry lining including vertical, curved and inclined walls, with various sound absorption and damage resistant properties. Walls with integral locker recesses with angled celestial glazing above, and walls in wet areas. Suspended ceilings included plasterboard, SAS system 150 with bespoke lighting and air conditioning containment, and unique Gustaf timber ceilings. Specialist wall coverings included White Rock to the kitchen areas.
The project was made more challenging because of its unusual shape. Many interfaces with internal and external elements had to be solved to ensure that the acoustic and fire requirements were met.