Allerton High School

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.

Date: 2008
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Client: E4L for Leeds City Council
Value: £23m
Service: Architecture: Full Design