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Langley Academy Building : Berkshire School

Slough Education development design by Foster + Partners, England, UK

post updated 14 September 2021 ; 12 Nov 2009

Location: east of Slough in Berkshire, south east England

Official opening for The Langley Academy

Langley Academy Berkshire: Slough school building

Photos: Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Langley Academy Building

The Langley Academy, designed by Foster + Partners, is being officially opened today by Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE. It is an exemplar of sustainable design, a theme which is showcased by the building itself. The first academy to specialise in museum learning, it also highlights rowing, cricket and science in its curriculum.

Langley Academy Berkshire: Slough school building

With an enclosed full-height atrium at the heart of the three-storey building, the social life of the school revolves around this assembly space for 1,100 students. A recurrent element in several other of Foster + Partners’ academy buildings, the atrium is defined by a sense of transparency and openness – like a gallery of learning – which in this case also resonates with the museum theme.

Inside the atrium there are three yellow drums raised above the floor on circular columns. These two-storey pods house the Academy’s ten science laboratories, reinforcing the importance of science teaching.

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A dedicated sports and culture block contains specialist facilities for music and drama including a fully equipped theatre, a TV and sound recording studio, soundproofed practice rooms and a rehearsal space, sports hall and lecture theatre. The academy’s two light and airy covered streets extend from the atrium and are lined with 38 classrooms.

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photos: Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

The environmental features save 20% in water consumption and approximately 150 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to a traditional academy and are used in the teaching of science and environmental issues. Students can see the solar collectors on the roof and the workings of the exposed plant room, as well as the network of pipes that illustrate how energy is generated and carried through the building.

Rain water is collected and stored and grey water filtered for reuse in sanitation and irrigation; a system of horizontal louvers provides shade; and the building has been configured to allow out-of-hours use by the wider community, ensuring its sustainability over time. Foster + Partners and Buro Happold collaborated on the environmental design.

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photos: Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Nigel Dancey, a senior partner and design director at Foster + Partners said:
“Environmental performance and appearance are indivisible at The Langley Academy. The school pioneers a revolutionary new educational concept which draws on the theme of museums and galleries, so that the school itself is like an exhibit, with its physical manifestation a showcase and educational tool for environmental design.”

Langley Academy images / information from Foster + Partners

Langley Academy design : Foster + Partners

Langley Academy, Slough, UK
Dates built: 2004-08
Foster + Partners

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The Langley Academy in Slough seeks to rethink the school experience for its 1150 students. The building is revolutionary in the way that it is informed by its specialist subjects – science, museums, cricket, rowing and sustainability, creating a school that is a physical expression of these educational themes.

School Design Images : Foster + Partners

Museum Learning and the Academy’s Museum: The Langley Academy is the first school in the UK to provide Museum Learning and runs its own Museum. Museum Learning is more than just museum visits. Ancient artefacts and objects are brought into the classroom to spark questions, debate, analysis and provide connections across the curriculum. Museum Learning also provides unparalleled access to significant cultural institutions across the country and the Academy has run 12 museum visits so far this year, involving hundreds of students.
The Langley Academy is sponsored by the Arbib Foundation

Langley Academy design : Foster + Partners Architects

Address: Langley Rd, Langley SL3 7EF, Slough, England, UK
Phone: 01753 214440

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