Northmoor Academy, Alderson Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL9 6DY
Client: Oldham Metropolitan Council
Extraspace Solutions have been awarded another design and build scheme in Oldham, Greater Manchester. This project will provide a new 3FE Design and Build Primary School in the centre of Oldham. The site is currently a former 3 storey Secondary School and the complete demolition of that forms a 10 week part of our contract.
The scheme consists of a 3 storey teaching block, returning to a 2 storey block, with a steel framed assembly hall. The building will be finished with a combination of render, rain screen cladding and curtain walling with brise soleil to the south facing elevations. Reception classes and key stage 1 classes with have direct access to outdoor learning zones, off internal classrooms and will be zoned within each area, on soft play surfacing. The facility will also include science rooms, one to one teaching rooms, sensory rooms and staff office facilities. Toilet facilities for students and staff are located on each floor, as are staff rooms and store facilities. On the ground floor we have included a reheat kitchen and dance studio, as well as a purpose built assembly hall with acoustic ceilings and central dividing walls for flexibility of use.
The facility will benefit from underfloor heating systems. Natural vent stacks are fitted in the assembly hall via breathable building design and a bespoke plant room is installed on a metal deck floor at first floor level, within the assembly hall structure. The building will be fitted with a full sprinkler system, fed directly from a dedicated fire main.
Externally, the building sits on a 3 tier site and our design has considered how best to present the entire site, as this is a prominent town centre location. The new school facility will sit on the upper tier on the site and we then create a pathway design to flow down the levels. On the middle tier, we have designed an amphitheatre style outdoor seating area, overlooking a grass play area / performance area for use during the Spring and Summer months. Moving down to the lower level on site, we have designed a purpose built 3F sports pitch, designed to allow a full U-11 soccer pitch, 3 junior pitches and 3 tennis courts on the marked layout. We have also included an adjacent hard surfaced MUGA play area with fencing and external lighting.
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