This sports and enterprise academy is a landmark building in an area of high deprivation and social exclusion. The key landscape feature is a central courtyard that acts as a social and circulation hub. The space has a ‘civic’ quality and is intended to engender a strong community ethos.
A further feature is the wider landscape setting that has been enhanced to form a nature reserve for curriculum study. This contributes to the biodiversity of the site and is linked to the Sustainable Urban Drainage strategy.