Samworth Enterprise Academy

Completed whilst working at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicola du Pisanie was the project architect for this building.

This 1046 place through school redefines the traditional primary and secondary organisational model by proposing three phases to bridge the primary and secondary divide. The continuity found in a through-school provides the school with a single coherent identity and provides maximum support for pupils. The design forms a continuous ‘ribbon’ of teaching spaces, threaded together by a central circulation spine, with defined ‘hearts’ within each age group.

This Academy constitutes a high-quality and inspiring building, with access to all, forming the beginnings of a more sustainable and socially cohesive community. The brief called for a new school which would provide strong local connections and act as a pivotal factor in the regeneration of this historically difficult and sensitive area. It provides a new church, cultural opportunities and new sporting facilities and much of the school will be open for use by the community out of school hours for meetings, events, sports and learning.


2009: Civic Trust Awards: Winner
2008: BCSE Award: Inspiring Design - Secondary School: Highly Commended 2008: RIBA East Midlands Awards: Commendation

Small Project Architect of the Year 2016

RIBA National Award Winner 2015