Great Western Academy

Acting for BAM Construction, we delivered the engineering design and set the environmental strategy for the new £21m Great Western Academy which will ultimately cater for 1,200 pupils.

Great Western Academy, Swindon 1

Opened in September 2018, the £21m Great Western Academy (GWA), commissioned by the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA), is a three-storey building designed to deliver a full secondary and post-16 curriculum.

Academically, the focus is on science, technology, maths and the creative arts, while the facilities also include a four-court sports hall, three outdoor football pitches and an artificial cricket pitch.

Acting for BAM Construction, Hydrock delivered a full range of building services design from our Building Performance Engineering team, and the civil and structural engineering design.

Key aspects of our design included:

  • An environmental strategy that delivers full compliance with the ESFA Facilities Output Specification in terms of daylight, thermal comfort, air quality and energy performance
  • An approach to ventilation that ensures rooms can be repurposed in the future and still comply with regulations for thermal comfort and indoor air quality
  • The use of PV and heat pumps to achieve the energy efficiency requirements of Part L, Local Planning Policy and BREEAM
  • An external lighting scheme to cover a c10,000m² area of parking, drop off areas, access routes, pedestrian areas and inner courtyard
  • Design of a dedicated substation and a power distribution infrastructure that is future-proofed to support the growth of the school.

Situated in the Tadpole Garden Village in Swindon, GWA welcomed its first pupils in September 2018 and over the following five years will grow to accommodate 1,200 students.

In July 2019, GWA won Best Educational Building at the West of England Local Authority Building Control awards.

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Images courtesy of John Seaman Photography