City firm’s designs inspire a new generation of architects

Sheffield architects Bond Bryan's �7.6 million Phoenix High School Post-16 Centre in London's Shepherds Bush, has been dubbed the 'liquorice allsorts school."
Sheffield architects Bond Bryan's �7.6 million Phoenix High School Post-16 Centre in London's Shepherds Bush, has been dubbed the 'liquorice allsorts school."
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A Sheffield firm’s designs for a high school in London has won the approval of pupils and is encouraging some of them to consider architecture as a career.

Bond Bryan’s £7.6 million Phoenix High School Post-16 Centre in London’s Shepherds Bush, has been dubbed the ‘liquorice allsorts school’ because the vertical timber panels repeated at random intervals and framed with vibrant colours make it look as though it has been constructed with giant versions of the sweets.

Jeff Stibbons, director of the architectural practice, said: “Phoenix High School is a former failing school now ranked as outstanding and our design had to reflect the fact that the school will now encourage even better performances from its pupils aspiring to study A Levels in the new building.

“This is a complex design that had to work within the constraints of a Conservation Area. Most gratifyingly, I have been approached by a number of pupils who, on learning that Bond Bryan designed their new building, have said they would now be interested in a career in architecture, simply because they find the building so inspiring.”

Head teacher, Sir William Atkinson, said: “The design creates an uplifting and stimulating environment by introducing a vibrant concept that motivates learners.

“The aim of the school is to inspire its pupils and our new Post 16 Centre was designed to achieve this. This has created a visual beacon for the school and the wider community; it is a cathedral for learning.”

The building also has a low environmental impact, having been designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good.