All Saints Academy in Plymouth is a Church of England school. It is located East of the Tamar Bridge between the residential areas of Pennycross and Honicknowle.
Prior to development the academy had 15 buildings on their 90,000m2 site, the largest of which was the original 1950s Burrington School. This building, along with six smaller buildings, were demolished to make way for a new four-storey building and extensive landscaping. The new building extends the retained 1980s 'East Wing', which was retained and refurbished.
The new building features a central 'street' running the length of the building through a full height atrium which brings daylight and natural ventilation to the heart of the building. Large expanses of curtain walling with uplifting features where colour is applied to the glazing allowing views out to the landscaped grounds outside.
The outside areas provide sheltered and open learning spaces developing the students awareness of their natural environment. The landscape responds to the varying level changes around the site creating an exciting mix of spaces. Hard formal areas are found close the building offering opportunities for outdoor dining and socialising. Away from the building, the landscape becomes less formal with tree lined paths flowing through lawns and planted beds. An allotment and science gardens provide physical outdoor classrooms.
Construction began in August 2012. The phased development will allow the students to continue studying in the existing buildings, ensuring minimal disruption. It is anticipated the students will move into their new building at the start of the 2013 academic year.