Located in Sheffield, the local authority wanted to transform a former landfill site into a modern teaching facility, serving a diverse community. The project saw the construction of a high-quality 1,200 place new-build secondary school with both Sixth Form and community facilities at its heart. Delivered for Sheffield City Council by Bond Bryan Architects and BAM Construction, the brief for the project was to deliver a striking, high-quality secondary school and sixth form that was integrated and respectful to the residential setting, and rooted in the sites challenging topography.
Shortlisted for a 2019 RIBA Yorkshire Award, the building was inspired and driven artistically by the open green spaces surrounding it, with the buildings design creating a distinctive and striking form. Throughout the building itself, renewable technology and sustainable design principles further cement this built form into its natural setting.
The internal makeup of the building consists of a mixture of traditional learning spaces, specialist classrooms, a sports hall and a set of multi-functional community facilities and the building actualises the site’s full potential trough the tasteful use of the surrounding parkland and landscape setting. Alongside this, the integration of renewable energy technology, along with sustainable design principles has achieved the project a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good.’
Community integration has also been key to the success of this project. Alongside the open and encouraging design principles, the school also features separate sports facilities open to the community, with an accessible route included from the changing facilities to the pitches.
The school, which is for pupils aged 11-18, opened its doors in September 2018 to students and the wider community of Sheffield. The site is capable of taking in 900 secondary school students and an additional 300 sixth form students. The circa £20 million school has no catchment area and in 2018 welcomed 124 year seven pupils, from 24 different primary schools, through its doors.
The school is part of the Mercia Learning Trust, which includes King Ecgbert School in Dore and Newfield School in Norton Lees.
For more information about Mercia School, visit: https://www.merciaschool.com/