Forest Academy


Concertus were appointed by Suffolk County Council to design and deliver the construction of a single storey extension to provide additional office space and a larger reception/lobby area.

As this space is the entrance to the Academy, safeguarding and draft issues needed to be carefully considered, whilst ensuring the access route was Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.

Key Info

Project Location:
Brandon, Suffolk

Project Type:
Demolition, Extension,

Contract Type:
JCT Minor Works

Suffolk County Council—
Children and Young People (CYP)

Abacus Build UK

Project Value:

Project Completion:
December 2022

Concertus Disciplines:
Building Surveying
Structural + Civil Engineering


Regular engagement sessions with the client and end user enabled any concerns to be addressed, specific requirements to be incorporated, and the budget to be met.

The extension has a flat roof with a three-layer bitumen insulated system, and double-glazed aluminium windows and doors to help with draft concerns. This building adopted low U-values with a high air tightness to reduce the energy demands and associated CO2 emissions. New openings were created to form new doorways and window fenestrations. Natural lighting was a priority for the Academy, therefore rooflights were included within the design to allow the highest level of daylight possible to enter the space. Green WindyPods were installed around the windows to match the school colours.

This extension connects to the original school building which dates back to 1912. Special consideration was taken with construction detailing to make sure connection points would be long lasting, waterproof, and in accordance with Building Control. Scale is minimised by accommodating areas at ground floor level, reducing the impact on the surrounding school.


The school are thrilled with the extra space and improved safeguarding (through electronic access control and additional doors).

The aesthetically pleasing entrance also creates a good impression for visitors and warm welcome for pupils and staff.

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