Appleton Academy, Bradford
working for BDP
This new academy in Bradford is an all-through 3-19 school, with outdoor nursery play at one end, spiralling around the circular building through primary outdoor play, dining area, amphitheatre to outdoor science classrooms for secondary pupils. With stunning views across wooded valleys towards Halifax, this sloping site had many challenges including dense clay soil and a prevailing wind aspect. A more sheltered central sloping courtyard was planted for term-time interest with emphasis on winter flowering shrubs. Locally native woodland planting and reuse of dismantled dry-stone walls helps the landscape to sit naturally within its environment.