Client: Diocese of Peterborough
Location: Northampton
Status: Complete

Unity College Secondary School

A £25m new secondary school in Northampton for the Diocese of Peterborough. The school created; all KS3 teaching spaces, 6th Form, an Auditorium, Library, Special Education Needs and Sports facilities.

The project was delivered under the Building Schools for the Future programme, and included a provision of approx. 12,000m2 of new buildings in three phases. All phases have now been completed and are in use. The school was formally opened by the Lord Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

The project completely rebuilt ‘Trinity Upper School’ to become ‘Unity Collage Secondary School’ as part of Northamptonshire’s move from a three tier to a two tier education system.

The development at Unity College saw the introduction of an innovative system of natural ventilation. The system, developed by a new company called E Stacks Ltd which is an offshoot of the BP Institute at Cambridge University, relies on the natural convection currents to mix the air within a building with fresh air induced from outside. One of the primary limiting factors affecting ventilation systems in schools is the noise generated by fans and air movement through louvers.

Project Scope:  

  • All KS3 Teaching Spaces
  • 6th Form Teaching
  • Administration
  • Auditorium / Library
  • Special Education Needs
  • Sports Facilities
Open gallery

“Throughout discussions the staff of Saunders Boston have been supportive and have attempted to meet very exacting requirements”

Dr Stephen Partridge Director of Education, Diocese of Peterborough