Washwood Health Academy


Washwood Health Academy

Washwood Heath Academy is located on Burney Lane, Washwood Heath and is currently a school with approximately 1400 pupils in attendance. The school offers placements for children aged 4 to post 16. An exciting new chapter of the development of Washwood Heath Academy Trust commenced in February 2018 to offer an additional 14 classrooms and associated facilities.

The construction works have been split into two phases:

Phase 1 – Phase one works commenced in February 2018 and comprise of the demolition of existing structures, including the existing vacant caretaker’s two storey house and outbuilding, alongside the removal of existing trees and soft landscaping. The creation of a new wider dual access road will facilitate the future development of phase two.

Phase 2 – The second phase consisted of the creation of a new 180 space staff car park to the east of the site on existing outdoor school fields. The new proposed two storey extension will accommodate a one form entry primary school at ground floor level and an additional seven secondary school classrooms at first floor level to provide 14 new classrooms, complimented with associated playground and landscaping.

We worked closely with the requirements of the academy throughout the design development. The result was a contemporary design which incorporates six varying shades of colour along the length of the brise soleil, from pure white to dark purple – purple being the schools official colour.

The fixed brise soleil provides solar shading from the direct sun to the south facing classrooms. The blades are purposefully positioned to provide optimal shading during teaching hours, with only direct sunlight penetrating during the lunch hour. Aluminium was chosen for the blade material, due to it’s advantages in longevity and robustness. The aerofoil shaped aluminium blades are fixed in a way that also provides a floating appearance in front of the façade. The result is not only functional, but also aesthetically striking.

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Key outcomes on Washwood Academy:

  • Project completed three weeks ahead of programme
  • Project delivered under budget
  • Early identification of risks and open book approach
  • Considerate Constructor Scheme scoring – 39 – performance beyond compliance
  • Extensive community and student involvement
  • In total 40 subcontract business were employed on site with 22 being local business’ within a 30 mile radius
  • Waste to landfill diversion:
  • Total 177.01 tonne = 176.99 Diverted and 0.02 landfill
  • Collaboration with planners from a very early stage of design ensured buildability on a constrained site, with the phasing solution allowing the school to maintain occupation
  • Extensive research and collaboration with suppliers regarding the brise soleil solution
  • The design solution has provided a reflection of the school identity to the community and a physical presence on the street

I really enjoyed the project from inception to now. Great team of genuinely nice  people but 100% professional at all times. A big thank you to you especially for supporting us every step of the way to get the best outcome.

Dr Bev Mabey, Executive Head Teacher

Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust