ARCHITECTURE
& URBAN DESIGN

Project title
Atherton Community School
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Description
Remodelling and Refurishment of a 1960s school
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Value
£4.8 million
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Client
ISG
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Programme
Opened Autumn 2013
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Location
Atherton, Lancashire
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Architect’s Role
Lead Designer
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“People have been blown away... by the vision.”
Elizabeth Haddock, Principal Atherton Community School

All photographs are © Dennis Gilbert

 

Atherton Community School

Opened in September 2013, Atherton Community School is a free school remodeling of a 1967 campus which has gone
against the prevailing thinking about budget spending, and is now seen as a model project by the Department of Education Funding Agency (EFA) for how to spend limited funds in an intelligent and creative way. A local
initiative sought to reinstate secondary education in Atherton, a former mining town in Lancashire, after the loss of the
failing former school. Innes Associates lead the project and selectively removed buildings to make space for a new
amphitheater courtyard. The design seeks to bring light and space to a gloomy site and connect the buildings to the wider
landscape with views over local countryside.

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