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Harris Academy

Shortlisted 2020
Education & Private Sector

Location – Sutton
Architect – Architype
Client – Harris Academy
Structural engineer – Ramboll
Main contractor – Willmott Dixon Construction Limited
Joinery – KLH UK
Concrete engineer – Price & Myers
Species – Douglas fir, European spruce

Harris Academy is the UK’s first Passivhaus secondary school and the largest Passivhaus school in the UK. The four-storey, six-form school accommodates 1,275 pupils and 95 staff. The school has a special focus on the science disciplines and the new building forms the cornerstone of the London Cancer Hub, featuring world-class research and treatment facilities. The building is clad with Douglas fir and has a European spruce glulam and CLT structure. The building is exceptionally airtight, fouteen times lower than current building regulations. CLT roofs reflect the natural harmony of the building, with non-toxic materials providing exemplary air quality and environmental credentials.