23 February 2016
Image credit: JM Architects
Work has recently started on refurbishing and extending a much-loved Edwardian primary school in Manchester, following multi-disciplinary work from WYG under its appointment by Interserve Construction Ltd.
The Stanley Grove Primary Academy in Longsight is one of six primary schools being delivered by Interserve Construction for which WYG has secured planning permission as part of the North West 3 Capital Batch of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP). Interserve Construction is carrying out the work on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.
One option considered for the project involved the total demolition of the school building, which opened in 1903 and was the last school to be built by the Manchester School Board. It is one of the few surviving schools of its type. But, following early consultation, it was decided not to pursue that option and to extend the school instead. This option also included refurbishing the existing building, using additional funding to bring it up to the requirements set by the Education Funding Agency. The playing field is to be upgraded to an all-weather pitch which will also be available to the local community.
The Priority Schools’ Building Programme is a central Government capital investment programme which was established to address the needs of schools throughout the country in most need of urgent repair. Stanley Grove Primary Academy was selected as one of 260 successful applications.
WYG’s services for the project included planning, engineering, ecology, ground conditions, transport, heritage, lighting, drainage and flooding, sustainability and waste. Planners in our Manchester office prepared and submitted the planning application for the scheme, and designed and carried out community consultation. The planners worked with Sports England to provide a project with which it was happy, and are now working on discharging the planning conditions. JM Architects undertook the design works for the building.
WYG’s Associate Planner, Catherine Johns, said: “We are delighted to have been part of this exciting project which will secure both the heritage and future of a local school building, and allow this ambitious academy to take a leap forward in providing the best education possible for local children. Educational attainment is key to boosting the productivity levels in the north that will help the Northern Powerhouse to become a reality, reducing the shift of skilled workers moving south.”
WYG has already secured planning permission for five other Priority Schools within the batch throughout the North West, and is currently working on a seventh to complete the programme.
Gerry MacDonald, of Interserve Construction, said: “WYG’s hard work and creative thinking is instrumental to the success of the programme.”
Executive Principal of Primary Grove Primary Academy, Phil Mellen, said: “We are very thrilled by the building developments at Stanley Grove, which will lead to an excellent facility for our pupils and community. We are delighted to be working with the Education Funding Agency, Interserve and WYG on this innovative and exciting project.”