De Warenne Academy, Doncaster

Thanks to the success of Campsmount Technology College, used as the case study for the key recommendations of The Sebastian James Education Capital Spending Review, CPMG and Wates secured a further two academy projects in Doncaster.

De Warenne Academy originally comprised of tired late 20th century buildings. Largely beyond their useful life (particularly in access and environmental terms) and of no architectural significance, a replacement school with an area of approximately 5,300m2, sits alongside the retained sports hall and teaching block.

The hilltop site benefits from excellent views over the surrounding landscape, including the scheduled ancient monument of Conisbrough Castle, and the industrial heritage of a railway viaduct.  Developed in close liaison with English Heritage, the design is a considered approach to its unique context.