The development saw the construction of a replacement school for the performing arts, a theatre and ancillary café for pupils, staff and occasional community use. Big Creative Academy’s curriculum is specialist so the spaces are bespoke designed to these needs, including media studios, make-up classes, music recording, mixing and control rooms, all centred around a fully functioning theatre to bring courses together at the heart of the school.
The building comprises a 3- storey ‘L’ shaped teaching block, connected to the theatre. Located to either side of the theatre are two double-height performance spaces.
The site was c.1-hectare in size and included the footprint of a c.2,000m2 building with c.8,000m2 of car parking. Outdoor social spaces and a health and fitness zone are covered in porous bitmac with additional social spaces of soft landscaped areas including vegetable and herb gardens. www.farrans.com