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leisure design & build is the premier title for specifiers, architects and operators active in the ever-growing leisure build sector. ldb is the only magazine to link the construction and the leisure industries, it encompasses developments across both the private and public sectors to give a truly holistic view of the way the industry is performing and developing.
News - January/February 2019
Bobby Moore Academy opens in Olympic Park
The Bobby Moore Academy Secondary School, a sixth-form secondary school for 1,140 pupils, recently opened on one of the smallest secondary school sites in London. A six-storey high building, it is situated in the heart of the Olympic Park, it provides much-needed education and community facilities to support the growing local neighbourhood.
The Academy has been designed by Penoyre & Prasad, which also designed the Bobby Moore Academy Primary School, opened last year and located west on the other side of the Olympic Park. It comprises 9,240 sqm of diverse learning and social spaces across six storeys, woven together through vertical and horizontal connections.
The building presents a strong architectural presence to hold its own against the dominant Olympic structures such as the Stadium, Orbit and Acquatics Centre. It is carefully positioned along the site’s northern boundary to maximise south-facing external play space. The main large spaces - assembly hall and sports hall - are raised to the first floor providing outdoor covered social space at ground level. A series of roof terraces step up the south elevation to provide additional external social space, commanding distant views over London and Canary Wharf.
The building was designed in extensive consultation with the David Ross Education Trust and the London Legacy Development Corporation, with complex educational and community needs. It has been organised as a truly inclusive facility to be used in evenings, weekends and holidays by the wider public. Community-accessible facilities - dining, gathering, assembly hall, music and IT teaching, and sports facilities, are located at ground and first floor, with inclusive changing facilities at both levels, with the school’s teaching spaces on the upper levels. An extra large lift accommodates parasports teams using the sports hall.