AI wins go-ahead for Ark Soane Academy
20 September 2018: Ealing Council has approved plans for a mixed-use scheme in Acton, West London, comprising a 1200-place school and 113 residential units, including 25% affordable housing. Designed by Architecture Initiative, Ark Soane Academy will accommodate 900 secondary students alongside a 300-place sixth form, providing much needed education places in the Borough.
This regeneration project represents the first major mixed-use, education-led scheme in Ealing and the first time that residential development has been positioned above a school in a well-designed integrated arrangement within the borough.
Plans have been approved on behalf of clients LocatED and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and involve demolishing the former Acton and West London College buildings to make way for the new school and residential development. The academy will be run by education charity, Ark.