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  • Photograph/ James Brittain
  • Photograph/ James Brittain
  • Photograph/ James Brittain
  • Photograph/ James Brittain
  • Photograph/ James Brittain
  • Plan/ Wilkinson Eyre Architects

John Madejski Academy

The first of the DFES secondary school exemplar designs to be built, Wilkinson Eyre’s kit-of-parts prototype design was modified and developed to suit the specific curriculum demands of the new John Madejski Academy in Reading, which has a sports specialism. Three wedge-shaped learning clusters, linked by bridges at first floor level, sit into the corner of the site, with a careful landscape treatment helping to mitigate road noise. 
Containing the majority of the teaching space,
with each acting as a house base for up to 300 students.
The teaching areas are configured here on a non- departmental basis – for example, there are a pair
of science studios in each cluster.

The fourth cluster is more open plan and contains the Learning Resource Centre and more adult activities: vocational study areas, offices for external agencies,
the sixth form social area and staff development centre.

Date:
Completed February 2007
Location:
Reading, UK
Client:
Department for Education and Skills
Value:
£21 million
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Link:
www.johnmadejskiacademy.com
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