Harris Academy, Falconwood

Services

Architect & Lead Designer

Client

London Borough of Bexley
The Harris Federation
Willmott Dixon Construction

Value

£25million

Contract

PfS Academy Framework

Innovations

Designed as an ‘Office for Learning’
Allows for Whole School Assembly

Sustainable Features

‘Very Good’ BREEAM
Natural Ventilation and Daylighting
Thermal Shading
Super Insulation/Low Air Leakage
Exposed Thermal Mass
Ground Sourced Heating
Photovoltaics
Building Management System
Solar Water Heating
Heat Recovery

Concept

The building concept was to produce a compact plan form over two storeys which comprises a front zone of school and community teaching and celebration spaces and a rear zone of more private teaching facilities. Both zones are based around two large open spaces. The first of these takes the form of a covered double height area (agora) and the second is an open courtyard. In architectural terms, the academy is a simple rectangle pierced by two double height openings, one forward facing towards the main entrance, the other offering a more private contemplative environment.