Pimlico Academy, London, UK
Sector: Buildings - Education
Cost: £ 33,600,000
Location: London, UK
Pimlico Academy is one of the projects which make up Westminster City Council’s £152 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. A Visual and Performing Arts College, the Academy has capacity for 1,262 pupils, made up of 1,050 junior pupils and a 200-student sixth form.
It includes a sports hall, complete with fitness suite and changing facilities, new kitchen and dining areas, additional design and technology classrooms and science laboratories. A new home for Pimlico Library was incorporated, along with a new local centre for Westminster’s Adult Education Service.
The project, designed by Architecture PLB, involved creating a U-shaped building around a protected courtyard, with three street frontages; one of which includes a triple height entrance. This positioning gives the school prominent street visibility. Inside, the courtyard’s activity hall can accommodate internal and external performances.
We provided civil, structural and geotechnical engineering to the contractor, Bouygues. A hybrid r.c. concrete design was adopted for this project and this technique has only recently been used in the UK. It utilises a mixture of insitu and precast concrete elements to maximise the speed of construction whilst maintaining the robustness of the structure. In this way an estimated 8 weeks has been saved on the construction period.