Working within a team led by Sheppard Robson Architects the practice completed the design for a post 14 centre called the Enterprise and Innovation Centre. This satellite building to the main academy provides a link to the adjacent FE College with realistic vocational environments such as offices, design studios and catering facilities. Located across two sites the new academy accommodates 1050 11-16 year old students and 300 post 16 students.
The Sidney Stringer Academy project was fast tracked through the Academies Framework. Robothams formed part of a team led by Kier Education, who were awarded the Academy contract following an intense 12 week ITT bidding process. The construction phase of the project was undertaken on an NEC form of partnering contract. The design of the 3 storey concrete framed building aims to simplify the facade down to a group of elegant, yet robust components, buff brickwork with composite aluminium and timber window system, with the facade construction central to the buildings enhanced thermal performance.
The building was awarded an RIBA Award in Spring 2013.