Mercia School, Sheffield

Exudes a confident solidity and gravitas

Sunny courtyard provides focus for the school. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019.
Sunny courtyard provides focus for the school. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019. Credit: Phil Grayston

Yorkshire RIBA Regional Award 2019

Bond Bryan Architects for Sheffield City Council
Contract value: Undisclosed
GIA: 9,725m²

It helps if a school looks intelligently designed and well made. Such is the case with Mercia School, funded through the city council. Nothing fancy: it closely follows the prescriptive government design guidance with just a slight uplift on the minimum area allowance. Using a restrained palette of buff brick and a regular grid of windows, the school exudes a confident solidity and gravitas, enhanced by subtle but significant design gestures which lend a level of sophistication. The scheme’s plan very successfully creates a calm, ordered, well daylit and energy-efficient environment for learning.

  • Crisp confident handling of a familiar building type. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019.
    Crisp confident handling of a familiar building type. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019. Credit: Phil Grayston
  • You would not know but the school is built on a former landfill site. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019.
    You would not know but the school is built on a former landfill site. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019. Credit: Phil Grayston
  • Well detailed timber cladding. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019.
    Well detailed timber cladding. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019. Credit: Phil Grayston
  • Well daylit and energy efficient. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019.
    Well daylit and energy efficient. Mercia School, Sheffield, Bond Bryan Architects, RIBA Regional Award 2019. Credit: Phil Grayston
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