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EDUCATION

BIRKENHEAD HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY


  • BIRKENHEAD HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY IS A HIGH ACHIEVING 3 TO 19 YEARS ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL DATING BACK TO 1836. AHR UNDERTOOK A TRANSFORMATIONAL PROGRAMME OF REFURBISHMENT, REMODELLING AND NEW BUILD WHICH SEES THE ORIGINAL MANOR HOUSE RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY, ENSURING MUCH IMPROVED ENERGY PERFORMANCE AND CIRCULATION THROUGHOUT THE ACADEMY.
  • Our key aspiration for the project was to provide a unified, high quality and positive learning environment allowing every girl to reach their full learning potential. To achieve this we used the existing group of civic buildings as the core foundations upon which to build out the sensitive wider site design.

    The school has now been fully remodelled and upgraded to ensure much improved energy performance and circulation. Outside spaces are more attractive to the students and have been given identity and purpose and new build elements not only enhance the existing buildings but provide much needed space and internal cohesion. Services were procured and funded under the Partnership for Schools Framework in conjunction with GDST and Wirral Borough Council.

    The Practice delivered the £10.3m complex refurbishment, remodelling and new build package over a number of stages to maintain complete operation of the Academy during construction works enabling it to achieve an Ofsted Outstanding rating.
  • In addition to the new-build aspects provided by our Architects, AHR Building Consultancy delivered a Building Condition Survey and full Survey and Schedule of Required Repairs internally and externally, enabling a site-wide refurbishment and remodelling plan to be developed which saw the retention and promotion of all existing buildings.

    An extensive programme of refurbishment and remodelling was applied and every building on the site had essential repairs carried out, as well as newly painted walls and flooring to re-brand the entire school.

    On the Victorian main school block refurbishment work was carried out to period stone features such as corner stones, sills, lintels, mullions and reveals together with cast iron drainpipes. The original Milton tiles lining the entrance way were cleaned and restored and an existing World War II air raid shelter was sensitively refurbished.
  • “STAFF AND STUDENTS FEEL EXTREMELY PROUD OF THEIR ‘NEW’ ACADEMY AND SAY IT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LEARN! THE FACILITIES AND BRIGHT AIRY SPACES MAKE FOR AN INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL WHO USE IT.“
     
  • Chris Mann, Principal

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