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  • £32M

    Project value

  • 2019


  • 1400


Cutting-edge new educational facility in Borehamwood


  • Cutting edge technology for students
  • Flexibility in all teaching and learning spaces
  • Includes theatre and sports centre

Our team of education specialists are creating the new £32 million Hertswood Academy secondary school in Borehamwood.

Established in September 2000 by an amalgamation of five local schools, Hertswood gained academy status in January 2013. The academy is sponsored by businessman David Meller as part of the Meller Educational Trust. The new Academy will be an 8 form entry secondary school accommodating 1,400 pupils (including 200 sixth form pupils).

Exceptional learning environment

The new academy will ensure students have an exceptional environment to learn in with access to the best technology available. It includes a library, theatre and sports centre, while cutting-edge ICT will be in every classroom and students will benefit from expansive open learning spaces. It will be built around a quadrangle containing a sensory garden with further outside space to the rear consisting of green space, squash courts, a gym, dance studio and new sports hall.

Flexibility in all teaching and learning spaces will be maximised to enable the academy to respond to changing demands and forms of curriculum delivery. This will be achieved through standardisation of the specification of services to allow the majority of rooms to accommodate most subject areas. This will involve the use of technology by the extensive provision of network access, interactive whiteboards and projectors.

Hertswood Academy

The theatre

The ARK Theatre has been integrated into the Academy building but will offer public access via a separate community entrance. A box office, cloakroom, refreshments bar, kiosk, an audio and lighting control room, stage and scene dock to the rear will form part of the theatre, which is designed to accommodate 250 seats.

Sports centre

The sports centre has been designed so that it can be completely segregated from the Academy and will be open for community use outside of school hours. It comprises a four badminton court sized sports hall to current Sport England standards, a double height activity and dance studio, a fitness gym and associated changing and toilets.

Chris Tredget, managing director of Willmott Dixon in Hitchin, said: “Providing pioneering educational facilities is something we specialise in; the new Hertswood Academy building will give students everything they need to really excel in their studies. It is a pleasure to be able to create a school that will provide so much for future generations in the local area.”