The JCB Academy


LHC undertook the masterplanning, architectural design, landscape and interior design for this major, award winning Academy project, which involved he sensitive conversion and restoration of a Grade 2* Listed cotton mill, transforming it into a state-of-the-art Academy and the Britain’s first University Technical College.


The JCB Academy Trust


Architecture, Conservation






8111 sq m


BREEAM Very Good




‘Best Academy’ Best of British Schools Awards 2011

The brief demanded a building which would become an exemplar design that reflects 21st century engineering. A high quality, sustainable solution was paramount, which respected the sensitivities of the building and context, and met the operational requirements of a modern school.

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Complex conservation and repair work was undertaken to provide twelve bespoke workshops, science labs, and flexible teaching spaces in the original buildings. Further administration and catering spaces were also carefully inserted into the building fabric.

JCB exterior and Bamford Wing

A major new-build wing was added, plus a sports hall and outdoor courts. An innovative Powerhouse contains a biomass boiler and main controls for an innovative Archimedes Screw turbine and PV array which provide much of the power for the site.

Extensive pre-application consultation and communication was integral to the evolution, layout and composition of the final design.

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