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
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
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.
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