Built in the 1840s, Dixons Sixth Form is a Grade II-listed mill building and coach house formerly known as Douglas Mill. Prior to acquisition by Dixons Academies Trust, the mill was occupied by the NHS, who used the space for office accommodation.
Following a substantial refurbishment, the mill and coach house, together with a newly-built sports hall, now provides space for 880 pupils, and the sixth form is the first in Bradford without association to a secondary school.
With sustainability a key theme of this project, retaining the existing historic building offered substantial carbon footprint reductions. In line with this ethos, our building services team took a low energy approach to energy use in the buildings design. We harnessed the thermal mass of the building to introduce a passive ventilation strategy which utilises free night cooling and maintained the large windows to utilise the natural light.
Client: Kier Construction
Architect: Bond Bryan