Sheffield City Council / Mercia Multi-Academy Trust
Bond Bryan Architects
Sheffield Council has embarked on a programme of delivering new schools to supplement capacity in established neighbourhoods. The new £25M Mercia School offers 1,200 new school places to the communities of Nether Edge, Meadowhead and surrounding areas.
The location has a steep hilly aspect, and is also on a former landfill site, which presented the architects and engineers with a number of design challenges.
Furnitubes’ Zenith seating was specified as it offered many different forms in a single coordinated range – traditional seats with backs, straight benches for placement against walls and curved benches for use around new feature tree planting. In addition, where low level gabions are used to deal with level changes Furnitubes’ Lapa benches were used to provide comfortable and cost effective seating solutions.
In all, over 40 seating units were supplied to Mercia School, which opened to year 7 pupils in 2018 and will have a new intake for the following 4 years, when it will then operate at full capacity.