Temple Learning Academy scoops project of the year award

23 March 2018

Temple Learning Academy scoops project of the year award

ISG’s £10 million transformation of a disused leisure centre into a thriving school in Leeds has been named ‘Project of the Year Over £5 million’, at the Committed to Construction in Humber & West Yorkshire Awards (CCIHWY 18). 

The CIOB-endorsed event showcases professionalism, excellence and innovation across Humber & West Yorkshire’s construction community.  

ISG delivered Temple Learning Academy, an 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.

Architects, Watson Batty, project managers, Mace, and ISG attended the event alongside representatives from the school to collect the award. 

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.” 

CIOB Leeds Hub chair, David Pearce, said: “These awards celebrate the region’s commitment to building communities and highlight the broad spectrum of construction excellence delivered by businesses working in the area. 

“They demonstrate what can be achieved through strong partnerships, a clear vision and delivery through high quality implementation.

“We were overwhelmed at quality of the entries we received. The winners are all very deserving of their awards and we look forward to seeing them again next year and finding out more about their ongoing and future programmes of work.”

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