Trinity Academy

ClientCalderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

LocationHalifax

Project TypeSchool

CompletionFebruary 2013

Value£27.5m

Area13,219sqm

The church aided 11–18 co educational academy specialises in science, business and enterprise and provides places for 1,200 students plus 300 sixth form places.

The terraced two storey design takes advantage of a steeply sloping south facing site which maximises daylight and views across the adjoining valley.

Learning clusters run east and west, and step up the hillside, working with the topography of the site. These clusters are linked by the academy street, which acts as the heart of the school, and contains communal areas such as the learning resource centre, sacred space and dining areas. The street allows simple wayfinding, maximises passive supervision and provides a valuable out of hours resource for the wider community.