Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham, UK
Structural Engineer: Skanska Technology
Services Engineer: White Young Green
Client: Gloucestershire County Council
Photographs: Hufton & Crow, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects
The Nicholas Hare Architects designed All Saints’ Academy is a new three storey building in west Cheltenham, providing secondary education for 900 pupils and 200 sixth formers. The heart of the building is the entrance atrium dominated by the copper clad chapel and highly visible on approaching the building across the landscaped piazza.
Galleries run alongside the atrium leading directly to three radiating Learning Wings providing the majority of classroom accommodation. Located at the northern end of the galleries is the assembly hall, and music rooms above, with the dining area and catering spaces occupying the ground floor at the southern end. Above these at first floor level is the 4-court sports hall, gym and dance studios. Many of the spaces will be available for community use.
Externally, the areas around the building provide many opportunities that encourage outdoor learning.
Peter Kingham, the principal of All Saints’, said: “All Saints’ is a very special place. The young people have superb facilities, great resources, committed teachers and, above all, a place where they are cared for and can develop and where their God-given talents are recognised and developed.”