Bedford Academy

Client: Central Bedfordshire Council

Location: Bedfordshire

Contractor: Willmott Dixon

Project Value: £5,000,000

New academy for around 1,440 students, replacing existing buildings, designed around a central hub providing a circular reception atrium from which four wings extend.

Energy efficiency and environmental impact were key aspects of the build programme, reflected in the M&E remit which included under-floor heating, natural ventilation via auto operable windows with temperature sensors, fully controlled intelligent lighting systems and Ground Source Heat Pump technology. The result it light, open, airy spaces which stimulate learning and are inspiring for students and teachers.