Temple Learning Academy construction - ISG

Temple Learning Academy

Co-principal, Matthew Browne, expressed his gratification with ISG's work ethic.
  • Customer
    Temple Learning Academy
  • Procurement Route
  • Completion Date
    25 August 2017
  • Value
    £10 million
  • Form Of Contract
    Design and Built
  • Project Manager
  • Structural Engineer
    Scott Hughes Design
  • Area
    73076 sq ft
  • Program Duration
    75 weeks
  • Architect
    Watson Batty
Temple Learning Academy construction - ISG


ISG went above and beyond on a daily basis to make sure everything went smoothly, according to co-principal of Temple Learning Academy, Matthew Browne.

Matthew made the comments following ISG’s £10 million transformation of an abandoned leisure centre into a new free school in Leeds.

The all-through school for 1,020 students aged 4-16 years was completed in 2017. 

Temple Learning Academy construction - ISG

The project

The school opened with an intake of 60 reception students at the start of the academic year in 2015 in temporary accommodation on site.

The scheme aimed to re-use as much of the existing infrastructure from the former leisure centre as possible, with ISG demolishing the swimming pool but retaining the steel frame building, and re-using the existing sports hall facility.

A new three-storey steel frame extension with ribbon glazing and metal cladding elevations was constructed to the side of the existing building.

The project also included the construction of a new multi-use games area (MUGA) pitch and significant hard and soft landscaping with new paths and play areas, a car park for 90 cars and designated drop-off areas.

School children walking down corridor

Added value

There were lots of challenges on the journey, including a delay in the build process.

We moved quickly to support the school by refurbishing an extra part of the temporary accommodation so that the pupils could stay on site, rather than be moved to another part of the city.

The schedule stayed the same despite the delay and the school moved into the final build on time.

Temple Learning Academy construction, sustainability - ISG


The project team planned the implementation of various initiatives to reduce the amount of waste on site. The initiatives included designing the rooms to align with standard brick and plasterboard sizes to reduce the number of cuts and wasted off-cuts (normally amounting to 8% of material).

The project saw the site team deliver 11 work experience placements, and four apprenticeship starts, with another 13 apprentices working on the site.

“I know ISG is this huge company, but to us it became a very personable company and we think of them as family.”

Matthew Browne, co-principal, Temple Learning Academy

Transformation - four years on 
We revisited Temple Learning Academy four years on from completion to see the school thriving, having reached full capacity, a landmark moment for all involved. We speak to those involved to get their views looking back on the project.
Stuart Huddleston - Principle at Temple Learning Academy