Exudes a confident solidity and gravitas
Yorkshire RIBA Regional Award 2019
Bond Bryan Architects for Sheffield City Council
Contract value: Undisclosed
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.