Ruth Gorse Academy
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Ruth Gorse Academy

  • Client / The GORSE Academies Trust
  • Architect / Ryder Architecture
  • Main Contractor / BAM Construction
  • Location / Leeds, UK
  • Value / -
  • Completed / June 2016

The Lakesmere Group has played a key role in the delivery of the Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds, working closely with BAM Construction and Ryder Architecture to create the largest free school in the UK.

Comprising a four-storey building known as ‘the Hub’ from which two additional blocks extend, the new school features a varied roofing and cladding package that has been installed by the Lakesmere North team.

As the main focal point of the academy, the large hub building features an attractive Kalzip aluminium roof and a striking facade of black Eurobond wall panels that unusually, have been fixed vertically in single 10m lengths.

To complement the main building and provide a contrast to the brick fronted West block, grey composite cladding panels have been installed to create the facade of the East block.  Lakesmere also delivered an IKO Permatec hot melt roofing system to both blocks in addition to the low levels soffit planks to the North, West and South elevations, composite panels to the courtyard, wall tray panels to the plant area and both the man safe walkways and roof hatches to the Kalzip roof.

Located in the area known as Leeds South Bank which is undergoing significant regeneration, the site of the academy presented numerous challenges owing to its restricted size and shape.

The new Ruth Gorse Academy was officially opened in September 2016.

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