The Academy is all about regeneration in its vision, location, design and use. Located in the heart of Darwen at the head of the main high street this spectacular 1,600-place (1,200 11-16 and 400 post 16) new build Academy overlooks the town forming a central visual and physical connection with the town centre through innovative use of levels, materials and site topography.
Conceived as a simple triangular volume it uses the 21m slope to open up access to the town on five levels providing stunning views and reinforcing the two way dialogue between the Academy and the town.
The building boasts one of the largest sedum roofs in the UK and roof fenestration aspects have been integrated as an innovative design feature allowing light to pour through into the atrium spaces. Opened in September 2010 the building has achieved its BREEAM 'Very Good' target.
“THE BUILDING IS ICONIC AND THE STRONGEST SYMBOL OF REGENERATION IN DARWEN. THE IMPACT OF IMPROVING STUDENTS’ ATTITUDES AND MOTIVATION HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE.“
Brendan Loughran, Principal, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy