Franklin Ellis were appointed as architects for Nottingham Academy as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme by Greenwood Dale Academy Trust in conjunction with Nottingham City Council. We provided architectural services for three sites – Jesse Boot, Sneinton Academy and Elliott Durham. The brief was to provide education provision for all ages, from reception through to sixth form, across the sites.
The existing school comprised of two main buildings containing teaching and administration accommodation on a steeply sloping site. The main building arranged accommodation over 4 storeys with the main hall and gym facilities in a semi-basement, cut into the slope. The second building was two storeys, again with a semi-basement area. The building was constructed using a concrete frame in the 1950’s. It had a glazed/cladding panel system facade which was no longer fit for purpose.
The works were to completely refurbish and remodel the buildings internally to increase the pupil role from 432 to 1000. A complete re-cladding of the external walls and replacement of all of the glazing was required to improve the thermal performance and external appearance. The two buildings were linked with a feature glazed walkway. A contemporary letter box window with brise soleil at first floor signifies the new pupil entrance and reflects the new investment in the school.
Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust