Public spending on capital projects may have been scaled back, but Feilden Clegg Bradley’s Chelsea Academy proves that good design still has the power to inspire and motivate a generation of schoolchildren

Public Building Project of the Year, sponsored by Alu-Timber

Chelsea Academy

Entered by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Schools have endured a tumultuous year but Chelsea Academy proves beyond any doubt that they can still have the power to exhilarate, enthral and inspire. Situated in a dense residential area on a tight urban site opposite Lots Road power station in south-west London, this is a building that enriches both itself and its neighbourhood in the process. Its confident massing squares up to the power station while also managing to relate to the two-storey terraces at the other end of the site. In addition, internal spaces are deployed as visual conduits that stitch urban views around and through the building together. All of which endows Chelsea Academy with a richness of character and a diversity of form that make it a virtually seamless extension of its urban fabric rather than an autonomous addition to it and a well-deserved winner of this category.

Project team

Originating Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Sponsors: RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) and LDBS (London Diocesan Board for Schools)
Project Manager: Tribal Group
Contractor: Wates Construction
Contractors Engineers: CampbellReith
Contractors Architects: Archial Architects
Construction Project Manager: Buro Four
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
M&E Engineer: Fulcrum Consulting
Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon LLP
Landscape Consultants: Churchman
Transport Consultants: Martin Stockley Associates


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