Scott Brownrigg shortlisted for three Education Estates Awards 2018


Scott Brownrigg has been shortlisted for three Education Estates Awards including Harris Invictus for Project of the Year, Three Rivers Academy in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey for Best Pupil/Student Experience, and Ditton Park for Innovation in Delivering Value.

The Education Estates awards recognise excellence in the education built environment and all shortlistings reflect the successes that the practice is experiencing in pushing innovation within the education sector.

Director Ian Pratt comments: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted across three key categories in this year’s awards. These nominations reflect the commitment, creativity and skill of all those involved in delivering high quality learning environments.”

The Best Pupil/Student Experience Award recognises a learning establishment which has undertaken a buildings/facilitates investment that significantly improves the experience of pupils/students. Three Rivers Academy which replaces the former Rydens Enterprise School has revolutionised the way in which the Academy connects with its pupils, and provides high quality, spacious facilities to inspire 21st Century learning.

The 1,875 pupil Academy is a rare example of a new state school procured outside the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Contractor Framework. With a Vision to create a “world class learning environment for students”, the design uses the ‘Schools within Schools’ model, providing a unified series of spaces all under a single roof. The openness of the school and the quality of the natural light has increased the overall ambience of the space. The new Academy has captured the interest and imagination of the students, staff and the local community.

The new 20m Harris Invictus Academy for Galliford Try provides a vibrant learning community to serve West Croydon and acts as a catalyst for further urban regeneration within the area. The energy efficient, low carbon school has a capacity for 1,150 pupils and was funded by the ESFA and originated through a partnership between the Harris Federation and Invictus, a grass roots community based organisation. The design reflects the high aspirations of Harris Academies for student motivation and achievement.

Ditton Park Academy is an 11-18 mixed secondary school and Sixth Form and represents one of the UK’s most innovative recent new build schools. The project has exceeded client expectations, utilising the combined expertise of Scott Brownrigg and Galliford Try in the design and delivery of high quality yet standardised Education facilities. The award category recognises innovation that has helped contribute to value in the design of learning spaces.

The elegant and contemporary designed school provides students with a high quality working and learning environment, with outdoor spaces that vary in character and have been designed to encourage healthy, active and creative activity.

The new building consists of four pavilions, all between 2-3 storeys; general teaching, entry and dining, science and technology and the sports pavilion; the pavilions enclose a protected courtyard. The design provides a range of flexible teaching spaces to suit different learning styles and pedagogical approaches.

The winners will be announced at the Education Estates Awards Dinner which takes place on 16 – 17 October 2018 at the Mecure Hotel in Manchester.