Heaton Manor School

1900-place Heaton Manor High School was the sample scheme for Newcastle's six-school PFI Project. As with many 'replacement' schools, the existing building presented a number of challenges in terms of the correct siting and construction. The design was carefully considered to minimise phasing and achieve optimum layout, with minimal impact on the existing building and day-to-day school activity.
New gateways, paths, cycleway and access drive lead to staff/visitor car parking, cycle sheds, drop off areas and bus laybys - completed by an impressive but welcoming main entrance. There is easy access to facilities used by the wider community. Direct access is possible to each faculty of the school. The design was thermally modelled in order to deliver a naturally ventilated building with teaching spaces arranged around a central atrium, which provides an energy efficient plan form for long-term sustainability.
The design of the new school acknowledges its aspirations by providing a landmark building that reflects a contemporary and excellent institution in a cutting edge facility.

Date: 2001
Location: Newcastle
Client: Focus Education
Value: £18m
Service: Architecture: Full Design