Enterprise South Liverpool Academy

BDP, Liverpool, 2013


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Academy procured through the National Academies Framework 2 designed to be a beacon to symbolise the regeneration of Garston

The building's form and siting is constrained by numerous deep sewers. Conceived as a ribbon, the building stretches from the north of the site to the south, where it rises up into a highly visible prow before wrapping around to enclose the learning spaces.

It is made from triangular forms, clad in diamond-patterned stainless steel and purple aluminum panels designed to create a distinctive presence on the building's urban side.

The building is organised around a central 'heart space' with real-life working environments provided throughout the building, including pods from which students can operate community-focused businesses

Passive design strategies such as building orientation maximise the natural daylight levels whilst minimising solar heat gains. Earth tubes and exposed concrete soffits use thermal mass to reduce energy peak demands.


  • Begun: Jul 2011
  • Completed: Jan 2013
  • Floor area: 10,433m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £19.7M
  • CO2 Emissions: 23kg/m2/year
  • Address: 51 Horrocks Avenue, Liverpool, L19 5NY, United Kingdom

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