St Gabriel's CofE Academy

Rugby, Warwickshire

The creation of a brand new primary school, as part of a 1200 acre phased extension of the east of Rugby

St Gabriel’s CofE Academy was built at the new Houlton development on the old Rugby Radio Station mast site. Named after the patron saint of communications, St Gabriel’s will initially offer one-form entry, with capacity to extend to three-forms.

The build incorporated copper cladded double storey halls and a challenging eye-catching curved copper hyperparabolic saddle roof over the main hall giving the school a dynamic and futuristic appearance.

St Gabriel’s CofE Academy is the first school to be built in Houlton which is named after the American town of Houlton, Maine, where the first transatlantic telephone call was received from Rugby Radio Station in 1927. The new school, which is forecast to have over 390 pupils by 2021, provides eight teaching classrooms, two halls with flexible activity space, kitchen facilities and outdoor play spaces.

  • Client:

    Urban&Civic plc

  • Programme:

    46 weeks

  • Architect:

    Van Heyingen & Haward