RIBA Regional Awards 2014: West Midlands
Waverley School, Birmingham
AHMM for Lend Lease and Birmingham City Council
Contract £19.8m. GIA 13,275m2
The design for Birmingham’s first school to take children from primary years through to sixth form works with the sloping site to create a hierarchy of heights to the blocks. It introduces stepped landscape terraces and sets up a comfortable relationship with the suburban neighbours.
Dark, textured and well-ordered brick elevations inspired by Victorian railway arches have a confident civic language and provide an interesting canvas for school life – expressed by contrasting colours and deep external terraces. Working with designer Morag Myerscough to develop a strong identity for the school has made a vibrant and playful learning environment.