BDP wins Ironbridge BSF contest

BDP's Manchester Studio has won the commission to design the new Abraham Darby Sport & Learning Academy at Ironbridge in Telford, Shropshire as part of the Building Schools for the Future project.

The academy, to be built by Kier Construction, will contain a 1,050-place secondary school, sponsored by the Haberdashers' Livery Company, with a 420-place primary school and a community leisure centre, set on a sloping site at the gateway to the Ironbridge World Heritage Site.

BDP was appointed as architect, landscape architect, civil and structural engineer, mechanical, electrical and environmental engineer, lighting designer and acoustic consultant. The building will be submitted for planning at the start of November, with start on site planned for March 2010. As designed it achieves a BREEAM excellent rating and generates a 64% carbon reduction over current Part L2 requirements.

Gavin Elliott, project director, said: "We are thrilled and excited to have won this project. The site, the brief and the stakeholders all demanded a really high quality, innovative design solution. We are delighted that they believe our solution fits the bill! We have put a lot of effort into the bid stage, and are now looking forward to working with them over the next months and years to realise the vision."

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