AHR WERE APPOINTED BY UNITED LEARNING TRUST TO DESIGN THE NEW STOCKPORT ACADEMY, SITUATED ON THE GROUNDS PREVIOUSLY HELD BY AVONDALE HIGH SCHOOL. THE NEW BUILDING ACCOMODATES 1,150 STUDENTS, MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL'S 700 STUDENT CAPACITY, AND PROVIDES NEW FACILITIES WITH THE AIM OF BOOSTING STUDENT RESULTS.
Particular thought was given to design due to the Academy’s location under the flight path of Manchester Airport. Our solution was to create a flexible internal social space at the heart of the Academy thereby establishing a ‘tempered’ acoustically sound environment for performance, display, learning and informal interaction, with natural light provided by a glazed atrium. The atrium space is the focus for circulation and provides a point of reference when moving around the school.