The Brighton Aldridge Community Academy specialises in Entrepreneurship and Sport for 11-18 year olds. Inspired by the lush South Downs on one side and Westlain Ancient Woodland on the other, our design for the new Academy was inspired by the unique geology of the site.
The contrasting textures and colours of local flint and chalk provided a compelling way to create two distinct ‘faces’ to the building. On the outward-facing side, looking out across the South Downs, locally-sourced anthracite and dark bricks define the public and community-focused spaces. In contrast, the internal teaching spaces face inwards to more tranquil woodland behind the building.