The Architect’s Journal portrays our mixed-use school
Northampton International Academy sets a benchmark for future mixed-use developments centred around education.
Architecture Initiative to transform ‘icon of neglect’ a former Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton into a new school. The building which has been largely vacant following a fire in 2003, lies on the edge of the town centre in an area in need of more school places.
The completed scheme will provide ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities for 1,500 secondary school pupils, 300 sixth form students and 420 primary school children, while being designed in such a way so as to also provide opportunities for future community facilities, cafés, office space, a private nursery or a gym.
‘This a fantastic opportunity for us to take a building that is a liability to the local area, an icon of neglect and abandonment, and make it iconic for positive and aspirational reasons.’
‘The school will … give us scope and space to be really innovative and creative with its design, especially in the areas of creative arts and design technology, utilising the double-height spaces in the building.’
Councillor Matt Golby, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for education.