Department for Education and Chelsea Academy Trust
Chelsea Academy is situated on a very constrained site in Lots Road, Chelsea. Sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it provides world-class education for approximately 800 pupils in years 7 to 11 and 250 students in the sixth form.
The Academy specialises in the Sciences and it is intended that this will be assisted by the development of close links with the museums, universities and similar institutions that are located in the Royal Borough.
The design provides identity, flexibility and an inspirational educational environment. The building design responds to the constrained nature of this urban site and the requirement for highly adaptable spaces to provide for future flexibility. It incorporates a range of sustainable principles including optimising natural light and thermal mass. A series of diverse spaces supports a range of teaching and research methods with lightwells providing a feeling of openness.
2012 Civic Trust Award: Commendation
2012 Civic Trust Award: Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Inclusive Design: Shortlisted
2011 Building Award: Public Building of the Year: Winner
2011 RIBA Award: Winner
2011 BCSE Award: Excellence in Design for Teaching and Learning: Highly Commended
2011 New London Award: Learning: Shortlisted