Southern Cross Primary School, Manchester

Client  Manchester City Council

Contractor GB Solutions

Architects Michael Cunningham

Contract Value  £6.5M

Services Civil & Structural Engineering and Geotechnical & Environmental Site Investigation

The scheme involved the demolition of the former school site which was replaced by a new single storey school with an added car parking area, new multi-use games area and outdoor recreational space. The school has been built to teach children with social and behavioural difficulties.

Previously, the only access to the school was via an unadopted road that was shared by vehicles and pedestrians. The access road has been widened and a path has been created for pedestrians. A drop-off area has also been generated at the north of the site to ease the demand on the single access road.

The new school is placed on the footprint of the previous school, but has been extended further to the south and east. Environmental sustainability was integral to the design of the school which was constructed in line with a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ Rating.

Once the school was erected an extensive tree planting scheme was implemented to improve the bio-diversity at the site through sustaining and creating habitats. Green travel is also promoted through the school travel plan which includes the provision of safe cycle storage on site.