ISG’s Temple Learning Academy project up for two gongs

14 February 2018

ISG’s Temple Learning Academy project up for two gongs
ISG’s £10 million transformation of a disused leisure centre into a thriving school in Leeds has been shortlisted for two awards. 

Temple Learning Academy is up for ‘Project of the Year Over £5m’ at the regional Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Awards, and ‘Community Benefit’ at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Yorkshire and Humber Awards. 

Architects Watson Batty, project managers Mace, and ISG delivered the all-through school for 1,020 pupils aged from 4-16, via the last iteration of the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) construction framework. 

The part new build, part refurbishment project aimed to reuse as much of the existing infrastructure from the former leisure centre as possible, with ISG demolishing the swimming pool but retaining the steel frame building, and reusing the existing sports hall facility.

Tim Harvey, ISG’s regional director for the Northeast, said: “This project is a shining example of collaboration, not just between the project team and the school, but the wider community, architects, project managers and the ESFA.

“It is a testament to what can be achieved by an enlightened client, great design, considerate construction and a shared vision for success.” 

The CIOB-endorsed Committed to Construction in Humber & West Yorkshire Awards (CCIHWY 18) showcase professionalism, excellence and innovation across Humber & West Yorkshire’s construction community, and will be held on Friday 23 March. 

The RICS Awards will take place on Friday 11 May and showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

To hear the Academy’s co-principal, Matthew Browne, reflect on the project and its impact on the community, watch the video below: