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THE BRUNEL ACADEMY | BRISTOL
Chris undertook the delivery of this exciting government funded project whilst working as an Associate at Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Chris managed the design team from concept design inception right through to the building’s successful completion on site in only 18 months. Chris undertook an intensive onsite role overseeing the construction undertaken by Skanska Construction. The Brunel Academy was the first of the country’s secondary schools to be completed as part of the former governments PFI re-development programme.
 
The site for the academy occupies a tight urban site within Bristol and required strategic design to enable the existing school and playing fields to be maintained during the course of the works.
The building is arranged over three primary storeys set around a triple height central street. The street provides 95% of the buildings circulation and includes an initiative layout of staff room pods and open plan uni-sex WC facilities to defuse anti-social behaviour in the school. A series of breakout teaching spaces, circulation stairs and bridges intersect and cross the street to enable formal teaching to engage with the circulation area to ensure a vibrant heart to the facility.
The project received several design award nominations and was awarded the RIBA Winner South West region following the building’s opening.
Project completed whilst working with Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Visualisations copyright of Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
Photography by James Brittain.