The Bobby Moore Academy Secondary School was highly commended in the ‘Civic Building of the Year – Education New Build’ category at the SPACES award ceremony 17th October 2019.

The Bobby Moore Academy Secondary School is a new 9,250m2 6FE school for 1,140 pupils on a 3,500m2 triangular site.  Situated in the heart of the Olympic Park, the six storey school provides essential education and community facilities to support the growing neighbourhood.

The building creates a welcome civic presence to the Park – fronting a new public space overlooking the canal, its bold form sits amongst the existing iconic Olympic structures.  The in-situ concrete frame provides thermal mass and long-term, loose-fit adaptability; the palette of two-tone brick slips in glazed and matt finishes, deep aluminium window reveals punctuated with yellow accents, and carefully articulated massing creates a distinctive identity for the school.

Positioned along the northern boundary, the building’s design exploits the constricted site, maximising south-facing external play space. Assembly and sports halls are raised to the first floor providing outdoor covered social space at ground level.  Roof terraces step-up the rear elevation providing additional external space with views over London.

The school is ideally located to take advantage of the Park-wide sports facilities and is organised as an inclusive facility for out-of-hours public use.  Community-accessible facilities are located at ground and first floor with an oversized lift to accommodate parasports teams.

SPACES, the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying is a multi-disciplinary organisation formed from the merger of SCALA, Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities and SCEME, Society for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers serving local government. SPACES objectives are:

  • To promote buildings in local authorities together with high standards of practice.
  • To facilitate the sharing of the knowledge and experience of members.
  • To develop the skills and expertise of members.
  • To represent the interests of members to other organisations.