Harris Academy
Sutton

A new secondary school on the former site of Sutton Hospital. This project was procured through the Richmond, Merton & Sutton Framework with Architype. We undertook the conceptual design for the entire substructure and superstructure, including reinforced concrete (RC) to first floor level which provides a podium for the Cross-Laminated Timber and glulam structure above. We were then novated to the contractor to progress the RC elements to detailed design and construction, while working to coordinate with the Cross-Laminated Timber subcontractor.

The school is designed to Passivhaus standards, meaning particular attention was given to the interaction between the superstructure and building envelope. We worked closely with Architype to resolve details that minimised thermal bridging and air leakage, delivering a high-performance building which is the first Passivhaus secondary school in the UK. It has become an exemplar project for wider adoption of this approach to design and construction within the Education sector.

We undertook a Flood Risk Assessment and detailed Sustainable Drainage System design to support the planning application for this development. The drainage strategy infiltrates all surface water from the development to the ground using permeable paving, a swale, pond and soakaways. The building is built into the hill and therefore required a large amount of soil to be removed from the site; we conducted a cut and fill exercise and determined 16,227m3 of excavation waste needed to be removed. This work informed the early stage of costing for the project. We also produced the Section 278 drawings to gain agreement from highways for the proposed entrances to the site.

Completed 2019.

Project Information

Client

London Borough of Sutton

Architect

Architype

Value

£38m

Photography

Jack Hobhouse

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