RIBA Regional Awards 2014: West Midlands
Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for The Tudor Grange Academies Trust for Kier Education
Contract £11.3m. GIA 10,000m2
With a brief for a collegiate language, a well laid-out site plan integrates part of the existing building with new-build, helping to create a legible, inviting entrance sequence as well as freeing up more space for sport and play. The angled/kinked arrangement breaks up the long blocks and ‘hugs’ the open spaces surrounding the buildings.
Crafted brickwork detailing with vertically proportioned openings and piers provide a strong language for the new build, breaking up the horizontal elevations. The bold, sculptured volume is carved out to provide useful covered external terraces. It also rakes to express the profile and volume of the academy’s theatre, a legible and confident marker for the main approach.