Aedas win £175m Oldham schools contract
July 5 2010
Working with Balfour Beatty the practice will rework the town’s education infrastructure through a mixture of new build and refurbishment through to 2015.
The first project in this programme will be a new Oldham RC High School valued at £30m which is due to go on site early next year.
Accommodating 1,650 pupils the school even incorporates a chapel at the heart of the school which is designed to impart cathedral like volume through use of a “grillage structure” supported on a ring beam.
Terraces are punched deep into the plan to draw light and air into the interior which boasts a spacious central space to aid circulation and promote passive supervision.
A dual aspect to residential homes on one side and playing fields to the other is resolved through use of civic and private elevations.
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