Harris Academy


Location – Sutton

Architect – Architype

Client – Harris Academy

Structural engineer – Ramboll

Main contractor – Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Joinery – KLH UK

Concrete engineer – Price & Myers

Species – Douglas fir, European spruce

Harris Academy is the UK’s first Passivhaus secondary school and the largest Passivhaus school in the UK. The four-storey, six-form school accommodates 1,275 pupils and 95 staff. The school has a special focus on the science disciplines and the new building forms the cornerstone of the London Cancer Hub, featuring world-class research and treatment facilities. The building is clad with Douglas fir and has a European spruce glulam and CLT structure. The building is exceptionally airtight, fouteen times lower than current building regulations. CLT roofs reflect the natural harmony of the building, with non-toxic materials providing exemplary air quality and environmental credentials.