Winterbourne International Academy - Bristol


Winterbourne International Academy in Bristol is one of the largest schemes on the Academy Framework. Our challenge was to maximise the opportunity for play, education and recreation across this compact site. The resultant scheme is welcoming and provides an atmosphere that reflects the sponsor’s strong collegiate style ethos.


The landscape gives the site a sense of maturity and achievement, ensuring that students are enthused and inspired by their surroundings.  We designed spaces that can be used flexibly for learning, study or recreation. A separate year seven court has been created to nurture those starting at the Academy during their first year. A large covered external dining space encourages students to dine in social groups.

Photography by John Seaman Photography

Key Features

  • The design closely reflects the school ethos
  • Designing spaces that can be used flexibly at different times of the day
  • Providing spaces that nurture
  • Maximising outdoor facilities on a compact site