St Albans Elevation

The facades on dRMM’s ARK-sponsored Academy are taking shape.

Built by Lend Lease as part of the Birmingham LEP, the facades are being installed by envelope sub-contractor Horbury Building Systems. The striped Eternit rainscreen is announcing a new chapter in the school’s development. Located in Highgate, central Birmingham, the new engineering-specialist secondary will replace the existing dilapidated buildings and will maximise external play and social space.

ARK operates a ‘school within schools’ model encouraging age-group communities to be nurtured within the framework of a 800 pupil Academy. Set to move into the new building in January 2013, the scheme hopes to deliver a stimulating and refined educational environment, reflecting the aspirations of the School Leadership, Sponsor, Trustees of St.Alban’s, and the local Community.