Gorton Education Village, Manchester
Manchester’s first completed BSF project, the £23 million Gorton Education Village, has brought two schools – a mainstream secondary and a specialist SEN college – together onto a single eight-acre site.
The project in East Manchester has created a single-site campus providing 900 co-educational spaces and 110 specialist support SEN places. The 100% new build project combined the former Cedar Mount High School and Melland SEN High School under one roof with fully integrated shared facilities.
Plincke worked closely with both schools and design team to create an external environment that would meet the needs of all users, regardless of ability. Our concept has been the creation of a variety of spaces from safe & secure courtyards, sensory & learning gardens, and spaces for social interaction.
The project has been recognized as a national exemplar by the British Council for School Environments, bestowing the Village the country’s best ‘healthy-learning environment award’.