Gorton Education Village

Gorton Education Village

This project was part of the Manchester BSF Programme.  The new campus co-locates two existing schools on a single site. The schools are Cedar Mount, a 11-16 mainstream for 900 pupils and Melland High School, a National Specialist SEN College 11-19 supporting students with a complex and diverse range of learning needs.

The building features a two-storey 100m internal ‘street’, sports hall and community wing, a learning resource centre containing library and ICT facilities and specialist subject zones for science, humanities and english. There is also a medical suite on-site offering physiotherapy and hydrotherapy pool.

The key objectives of the design were to provide a modern, sustainable, flexible, fully accessible and inclusive education/community facility which has a minimal environmental impact.

The key to this was balancing the identities and links of the two schools, thereby creating an educational campus where the pupils and community can learn and achieve together.

“Without exception we have been extremely impressed by their professionalism, attention to detail, understanding of educational philosophy and practice and willingness to share and contribute to a range of exciting new initiatives. ”

Judith O’Kane, Headteacher – Melland High School