BDP has won the commission to design the new Abraham Darby Sport & Learning Academy at Ironbridge in Telford.

The academy in Ironbridge, Telford
The academy in Ironbridge, Telford

The design combines a 1050-place Academy, sponsored by the Haberdashers’ Livery Company, with a 420-place primary school and a community leisure centre. The project will be set on a sloping site at the gateway to the Ironbridge World Heritage Site. The scheme exploits the levels to produce a compact design, helping to free up external space for play, learning and sports provision.
Sustainable design features include on-site CHP generation and an anaerobic digester for organic waste. Within current design parameters, it achieves a BREEAM excellent rating and generates a 64 per cent carbon reduction over current Part L2 requirements.
BDP has been appointed as architect, landscape architect, civil and structural engineer, mechanical, electrical and environmental engineer, lighting designer and acoustic consultant. The building will be submitted for planning at the start of November, with a start on site planned for March 2010.
Meanwhile BDP has reported a 200 per cent rise in profits for the year. The firm announced that pre-tax profits had risen to £3.3m, with operating profit at £2.5m. Overall, the firm, which employs 1,146 people in the UK, saw turnover fall from £99.5m to £99.2m.

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