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POSTED ON: 07 January 2022

A pioneering school at The London Cancer Hub has received two notable awards for its outstanding design and construction.

Harris Academy Sutton, a secondary school specialising in science, is laying the foundations to train the scientists of the future and will eventually host up to 1,275 pupils at the London Cancer Hub site in Sutton.

The school was named Civic Building of the Year and Sustainability Category Winner by the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES).

The building is the first secondary school in the UK to be constructed to super low-energy Passivhaus standards, and was judged to be outstanding with strong sustainability credentials. The building's design means it uses very little energy, leading the way on sustainability while providing a great learning environment for students.

World-class cancer research

As a science-specialist school, pupils also learn in close proximity to world-class cancer researchers and clinicians at The London Cancer Hub. 

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and the London Borough of Sutton are working together to create The London Cancer Hub, a global centre for cancer innovation. Our vision is to create the world’s leading centre for cancer research, treatment and enterprise – a vibrant community of scientists, doctors and innovative companies, supported by cutting-edge facilities.

The school is one of the first in a cluster of new buildings that have recently opened at The London Cancer Hub. Others include the state-of-the-art £75m new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery and the Innovation Gateway, an incubator hub to support start-up and burgeoning life science companies, perfectly located for collaboration with researchers at the ICR and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Also recently opened is Maggie’s Cancer Centre, a facility to enhance emotional support for patients at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Award details

Client: London Borough of Sutton / Department for Education

Architect: Architype

Engineer: BDP

Structural Engineer: Price & Myers

Surveyor: Synergy

Contractor: Willmott Dixon

Project Manager: London Borough of Sutton

Landscape Architect: Churchman Thornhill Finch

Value: £38m

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