Chobham Academy

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Photography credit: © Timothy Soar

Level of Award



Greater London

Local Authority Area



Information about this scheme

This new all-ages school in the London 2012 Olympic Park is a specialist in literature and the performing arts and serves the established local community and the emerging community of the post-Games Park, both in and out of school hours. Designed as part of a strong new urban grain whose pattern is reflective of existing London streets, a powerful drum form centres three connected buildings. These define space on a campus that is open, attractive, economical and sustainable. The buildings contain distinctive but unfussy spaces carefully related to the pupils, staff and activities within. Façades are varied yet controlled, and restrainedly coloured. The academy includes a main building, a primary school with nursery accommodation and a specialist arts’ building that also serves the community. To accommodate the Academy’s specialism in Literature and performing arts, music and drama facilities and studio spaces are housed within the specialist building. This mix of activities catering to all ages on a single site creates a community focus.



Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


London Borough of Newham (pending handover from ODA)

Inclusive Design Consultant

David Bonnett Associates

Interior Designer

Graphic Artist

Landscape Designer

Kinnear Landscape Architects

Main Contractor



London Borough of Newham (pending handover from ODA)

Project Manager

Lend Lease

Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner and Theobald LLP

Services Engineer

Buro Happold

Structural Engineer


Planning Consultant

RPS / Quoad Planning

Acoustic Engineer

Hawksmoor Engineering

Civil Engineers


Project Manager

Gardiner and Theobald

Planning Consultant

London Borough of Newham (JLAB)

Theatre Design

Charcoal Blue

Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education