Pix Brook Academy 1

Pix Brook Academy

Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd
9,000 sq m

We were instructed to provide strategic planning services on this exciting new academy for the village of Stotfold.

We initially carried out early engagement through pre-application discussions with the council and refined the proposals alongside local stakeholder engagement. This involved a public exhibition of plans at a nearby primary school as well as events to prospective parents in conjunction with the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST), which were well attended and resulted in positive feedback.  The outcome led to refinements to the proposals and scheme mitigation ahead of the formal submission of the planning application.

In navigating the scheme through the planning process, we negotiated suitable planning conditions to secure the necessary planning mitigation without delaying work to commence. This meant the avoidance of any unnecessary pre-commencement conditions and ensured that the phased construction of the school was delivered as per the programme, despite the difficulties throughout the pandemic.


As well as overseeing the project team, we took on a planning advisory role and engaged with key stakeholders throughout the project. We also assisted post completion with a charitable eco-project for the carbon neutral no or never pod; a repurposed outdoor classroom project that was delivered in the Autumn of 2021.

In April 2019, a full planning application was submitted for the site and within 14 weeks, planning permission was obtained, enabling the site to be developed and built ready for the following term in September 2020.

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RTPI East of England Award for Planning Excellence 2021 – Highly Commended
Pixbrook academy

Our Masterplanning, Landscape and Assessment Team provided Assessment for this project.

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Mike Jones

Partner, Planning

Mike is a Chartered Town Planner with 19+ years’ experience and knowledge across an array of sectors.

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Martina Sechi

Associate, Head of Landscape & Townscape Assessment

Martina is passionate about townscape architecture, ensuring her clients’ visions are delivered in a way that complement their settings.

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