Knights Academy


Jestico + Whiles
London & Prague


Knights Academy

Project Description

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy specialises in Sports Science and is united with the existing Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, as part of a Federation of Academies.

The new building has transformed the three hectare site, replacing the 1950s school premises. The new sweeping curvilinear building was carefully positioned in the centre of the site to ensure the design provided the maximum amount of external space for all weather sports pitches and external play areas.

The community atmosphere of the Academy was enhanced by the creation of a Forum space with a circulation hub, exhibition space, informal meetings, and social activities as the central focus and heart of the school.

The Forum also contains a large scissor stair that allows efficient transition between the main teaching floors. The materials have been carefully considered. White render has been selected for the walls with grey engineering brick at low level, whilst the long elevations of the curvilinear building are enlivened with alternating warm blue curtain walling glass panels. The west elevation features a prominent array of elegant solar shading which protects the west facing classrooms from afternoon solar gain, creating a rhythmic layered effect to the façade behind.

Project Team

Architect: Jestico + Whiles
Client: HAHC Education Ltd
Project managers: Capita Symonds
Quantity Surveyors: Davis Langdon
Landscape architects: J & L Gibbons
Structural engineers: Buro Happold
M&E engineers : Roger Preston & Partners
Planning supervisor: Currie & Brown
Contractor: ISG InteriorExterior plc