Northampton Academy

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Northampton, 2005


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Timber cladding gives the circulation elements a ribbon-like feel 

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  •  Timber cladding gives the circulation elements a ribbon-like feel    
  • Clustered units of accommodation  wrap around the open courtyard    
  • The roof is ‘peeled back’  to form rooflights    
  • Internal view of a common area    
  • Level changes break up  internal spaces and respond  to the sloping site    
  • School gymnasium    
  •  Site plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Photo & Model by Niamh Billings Model Makers    
  • Sketch diagram    
  • Exploded axonometric    
  • Faculty options    
  • Faculty options    
  • Detail plan at ground floor    
  • Working details - ventilation strategies used in a south-east facing wall    

1,420 pupil secondary school on the site of an existing upper school

The architects sought to create a visually permeable environment with an emphasis on clear and effective circulation. Linked pavilions follow a subtle non-orthogonal geometry around a sloping central courtyard providing a social focus for the school community.

Learning spaces are grouped around double height circulation voids in sections of the school which each accommodate the equivalent of a year group of pupils.

The aim of the project was to deliver an extended school agenda providing both curricular and extra curricular facilities for the pupils and wider community, with specialisms in sport, business and enterprise.


  • Begun: Mar 2004
  • Completed: Dec 2005
  • Floor area: 12,480m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £19.8M
  • Address: Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN3 8NH, United Kingdom

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