Sirius Academy North Expansion

Constructed as part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF), SPACE architects designed the original Sirius Academy North building back in 2012. Returning ten years later, the team at SPACE have created a seamless connection between the existing structure and its new extension.

On behalf of Esteem, Geo Houlton & Sons Ltd was assigned as supply partners for the project based on their delivery of similar educational schemes across Hull. Working collaboratively with SPACE on this expansion project was BGP (structural and civil engineers), Sutcliffes (Mechanical and Electrical), Apex Acoustics and Gleeds (BREEAM Assessors). 

The extension was proposed in response to the city's overall demand for secondary school places, Sirius Academy North's continued growth in popularity and the resulting expansion to 1400 pupils. 

The appointment to the project gave SPACE Architects an opportunity to revisit the original design of the building and demonstrate how it could be creatively adapted and extended, increasing capacity while enhancing the flow and internal circulation.

The form of the new extension reflects the geometries of the original building. It integrates similar external materials and design language, allowing the extension to be integrated cohesively as part of the school.

The new building comprises six classrooms, an expansion of the existing dining facilities, as well as a double-height activity studio, providing dedicated space for dance and trampolining classes.

An expansion of parking and cycle provision was created, whilst there was a Biodiversity Net Gain for the site, enhancing soft landscaping and increasing wildflower planting areas.

The expansion works commenced in January 2022, with strict segregation between the site works and the active school maintained at all times. The building was completed by September 2022, ready for pupils to start the new academic school year. 

Chris Holmes, Director at Space Architects, commented, "We were delighted to work closely with Esteem, Hull City Council, and the Academy Trust again. Whilst working within budget and programme constraints, we provided an inspiring project that meets the demands of the Department of Education Standards."