Stratford Academy

As part of the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme, the academy is currently undergoing a major redevelopment.

Project Details
  • Client

    Education Funding Agency

  • Architect

    Nicholas Hare

Waterman are providing structural and M&E engineering design services for the academy that is located across two sites in Upton Lane and Grosvenor Road in Stratford, London Borough of Newham.

Grosvenor Road provides circa 50,000ft2 of new build over two floors with a teaching wing and a main hall of the old school being retained and refurbished.

Upton Lane provides circa 60,000ft2 of new build over three floors with the addition of a sports hall. The sites are tightly compacted with minimal external space and for the majority, covered in hard standing that is being converted to external sport, dining and play space.

Grosvenor Road is being developed first enabling Upton Lane pupils to decant in to the new school before works start there.

Waterman developed a modularised grid superblock concept for the school layout that provided 7.2m deep classrooms meeting the latest EFA sizing requirements that were appropriate for natural ventilation and MVHR for rooms such as labs or where there was high solar gain.

Options were presented to the EFA during ITT stage who had a distinct preference for solid construction rather than MMC forms. The preferred framing system chosen was a concrete flat slab structure, providing thermal mass for energy efficiency and good flexibility for future re-allocation of classrooms to provide future agility. The buildings were able to be founded on pad foundations with ground bearing ground floor slabs.

Low carbon concrete was incorporated in to the design to increase the sustainability profile.

Existing drainage systems on the sites were retained, extended and supplemented to cater for the new layouts.