City Academy, Bristol

The award-winning architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley’s work on the new City Academy, Bristol included the selection of SAS International metal ceiling tiles for the project.

Key features




The New City Academy


Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects

Main contractor

HBG Construction


Optimum Dry Wall Systems

Completion year


System type

SAS150, SAS130

Area M2



United Kingdom

Product Groups

When specifying the tiles, used in the corridors and offices within the school and sixth form areas, reduction of ambient noise, and accessibility but security of services were key criteria for this environment.

The City Academy designed to accommodate over 1,250 pupils included provision for new sports and arts facilities. Principle contractors, HBG Construction, worked closely alongside Feilden Clegg Bradley to build the 10,000 sq metre complex, which replaced St George’s Community College in Russell Town Avenue, Bristol.

The highly flexible SAS150 was ideal for this school environment.The clip-in modular SAS tiles slide along a concealed suspension system to provide total access to the ceiling void. The clip-in feature facilitates easy access to large areas of the void for maintenance. It also helps avoid damage such as scratching, and eliminates the need for storage during access.

The durable, washable polyester powder finish on the SAS tiles also offers a hygienic, wipe-clean solution, ideal for easy maintenance. Furthermore, perforation patterns on the tiles help to achieve acoustic absorption, and the bevelled edge provides a clean, modern look.

The City Academy, Bristol project was described by the industry body Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) as among those which “strived to respond to the complexities and challenges of PFI procurement and the new Academy programme, presenting high quality designs which are attractive, sustainable, flexible and responsive to context”.

The imaginative interior is both eye-catching and fit for purpose, and SAS International was delighted to be chosen to supply the project.

Systems used