As part of Central Bedfordshire’s ‘Schools for the Future’ plan Henlow Academy is within the first cluster of Schools to change from a three tier system to a two tier system. This means that Henlow Academy is changing from a Middle to a Secondary School.
Our design for this latest phase of works involved a two storey extension to the existing sports hall and classroom block. The extension was designed to mirror the sports hall with a curved standing seam zinc roof, and sections of the building were rendered to break up the mass of the building. The siting of the extension created a courtyard area which gave the opportunity to explore different finishes, and create social spaces for staff and students.
The extension incorporates four science labs, five classrooms and a lift, giving access to all. Wide corridors and views of the courtyard create light and space, matched with the brightly coloured walls and lockers throughout. All classrooms and specialist teaching rooms are designed to Department for Education Building Bulletin 103.
In the existing building, a dull and drab old gym was converted to a vibrant theatre/dining space with the introduction of four new vertical windows with coloured glass, and two high level horizontal windows. In addition, a retractable tiered seating system was installed along with fold away pocketwall dining hall tables and benches.
Two existing Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) were consolidated to make one new space, primarily for hockey use, and this facility can now be hired by the local community.