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Evelyn Grace Academy - London

The perfect combination of form and function

Zaha Hadid


London, United Kingdom

For the creation of a stunning piece of 21st century architecture from one of the world’s most celebrated architect’s careful specification of materials was required. With their proven reputation, high performance door closers from DORMA were chosen for the new £36 million Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, the first completed project in England to be designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

Architectural Highlights

The 1,200 pupil academy comprises approximately 11,000m2 of floor space which has been cleverly and seamlessly divided into four ‘small schools’ so that children would not be swamped by the large building.

Complete with a 100 metre running track stretching through its centre, this visionary project was designed to provide state of the art learning facilities in a contemporary environment.

DORMA’s contribution to the project

When it came to the specification of the doors in the lobby area and the significant number of internal fire doors, architectural ironmonger Harbrine supplied DORMA’s TS92 cam action door closers and BTS80 EMB electro-magnetic floor springs proved the ideal solution. With their compact and elegant design, they matched the modern vision of the academy. Safe, reliable and robust, they are also ideal for educational projects with heavy traffic.