Lead contractors Bowmer + Kirkland were appointed to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) National Framework in 2013 for the construction of new schools in England and the Harris Academy in Wimbledon is being built under that framework. Allied Glazing Systems are an approved supplier of Bowmer + Kirkland for the framework and have provided similar services very successfully on other schools.
The Harris Federation is a not-for-profit charity with 44 Academies centred in and around London and the M25 Corridor. Comprising of Primary, All Through and Secondary Schools, the Federation prides itself on over 80% of its Institutions being rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, a testament to its forward-thinking ethos and proof of the excellent learning experience for students.
Work on site for the 5 storey 6FE school facility for 1150 pupils aged between 11 and 18 began in June 2019 with Allied Glazing System’s work commencing in mid-October. The team will be designing, fabricating and installing windows, doors and curtain walling to the building, leaving site in January 2020 when Bowmer + Kirkland’s work will continue to completion at the end of August 2020.
Phil Goy, Director at Allied Glazing Systems comments: “We are proud to be working with Bowmer + Kirkland once again on this exciting and inspiring education project. The building will be amazing when complete.”
CPMG Architects has creatively designed the building to follow the footprint of the irregular shaped piece of land, with the further complication of its tapering geometry. CPMG has reflected this and tailored the building to make the most of the space available.
The Academy will encompass the ‘learning hub’ dining and library space on the ground floor, twin entrances for office and student information centre, sports centre for community use and distributed staff offices. To maximise the limited space, the new building will feature an elevated sports hall with an external student social space underneath.