WGI's brief for the masterplanning and architectural and
interior design of a new Allerton High School in the northern part
of Leeds, was to replace a tired 1930s grammar school building. The
showcase new school was to incorporate a wide learning street with
a main entrance opening into an atrium space that celebrated the
school's Business and Enterprise Specialist School status. A
particular challenge was that the existing buildings had to remain
in full operation during construction.
The new state-of-the-art accommodation was built in a striking,
geometric triangular plan. The school had been successful in
securing additional funding to incorporate a unique multi-faith
centre, enabling further development of its extended schools'
programme for extensive community use. A specialist inclusive
learning centre was also included. The £23 million,
12,000m2 building, which opened on schedule, was part of
the first wave of Leeds BSF schools that were awarded 'Best
Operational LEP' in 2008 by Partnership for Schools.
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