The Red House

Our building, The Red House with its dramatic overhang and strong colour scheme, is a physical representation of our creative and aspirational approach.


Plymout School Of Creative Arts


Our school is designed with spacious studio classrooms, equipped with high quality furniture and learning materials. The school environment includes specialist spaces for making and performance, such as a food hall, a theatre, a dance studio, a recording studio and ‘making’ workshops. Science and design labs will enable learners to be the scientist or designer enquiring into an area, rather than just following instructions.

This environment facilitates learners to achieve academically, while preparing them for their next steps in the world of work. The building extends across four distinct phases, creating a cohesive, all-through learning environment. Our architects have also designed a rooftop play area, which we will be developing in the near future.

The Red House – Plymouth School of Creative Arts from FCBStudios on Vimeo.


Affectionately known as The Red House, Millbay Academy required a very different kind of space to create a simple, robust and permeable school that would encourage openness, sharing, curiosity and enable making in all subjects to be used as a way of thinking and exploring.
This new film, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, looks through the eyes of children and staff to capture both the philosophy and the everyday life of the school.
The film premiered at Tate Exchange as part of the Making Learning symposium on 24 January 2017 .


The Red House won  RIBA SOUTH WEST AWARD WINNERS 2016 and also an award from the Architects’ Journal AJ100.

RIBA South West Award 2016 Judges comments:
“Schools should not have to cost so little, nor be built so quickly that their key driver is the satisfaction of ever more aggressive government targets. Given that they are, one can only hope that they deliver as much as this building does, (and thereafter that their success is not used to justify squeezing budgets and programmes further).
This is a complex and challenging project made to look rather effortless in practice. Quality and consistency of architectural thinking is evident throughout, and the building delivers an impressive and significant addition to the cityscape. This is an intelligent design and the architects’ success in delivering a great project on an extraordinarily constrained budget and programme is recognised and applauded by the jury.”




Our Partners
The building of our amazing school has been a team effort. Feilden Clegg Bradley,  Our architects, have an amazing and well deserved reputation for building the best schools and connecting to the arts. Kier Construction, based just over the road, worked tirelessly to ensure we had a building on time and could access the most important spaces at the earliest of opportunities. Others involved have included the Education Funding Agency, Plymouth City Council, The Homes and Communities Agency and English Cities Fund.