Completion of the external structure of the new University College London (UCL) Academy in Camden took place this month.

Due to complete in September 2012, the UCL Academy will be a new mixed school, taking pupils from 11-18 years old. It will open with 180 Year 7 students (first years) and 125 students in Year 12 (sixth form), and grow year-on-year until it reaches capacity in September 2015.

UCL Academy will specialise in maths and science, and enjoy a close relationship with its sponsor UCL on Gower Street. Facilities will include state-of-the-art science laboratories, a science demonstration theatre for interactive lectures, experiments and talks by visiting academics, and an engineering science suite.

The Academy will share the site with Swiss Cottage Specialist SEN school, each benefitting form a number of creative overlaps and shared facilities.

UCL president and provost Professor Malcolm Grant said: ‘This is a unique project: UCL is still the only university in the country to adopt the responsibility of sole sponsor of an Academy. We seek through this to enhance significantly educational potential and opportunity in Camden.’

Mark Rowe of Penoyre & Prasad said:
‘The speed at which this building has reached its zenith has been due to an innovative, off -site concrete fabrication. It’s always an exciting moment to see ideas become reality, particularly given the strong guiding vision of this clients’