Planning Approval received for Academy entrance extension
MOArchitecture has gained Planning Approval for a new extension to The JCB Academy Trust’s main building. The extension will create a new external entrance lobby, proving improvements to heat loss to the building’s existing atrium.
A number of options were explored as part of the initial feasibility study, looking at how the entrance area could be improved within a limited footprint, taking into account key issues around very limited programme, minimising impact on the existing structure and sub-structure and maintaining a welcoming and accessible entry point.
The design process was also informed by the building’s prominent location within a Conservation Area and its own Listed status.
The solution comprises automatic entrance doors and full-elevation folding doors – a requirement of the brief was to allow vehicles and other engineering exhibits to be moved to and from the atrium. A series of arches frame the doorways and high-level windows to reference the expression of the structure within the existing atrium space.