Dean Trust Ardwick has served the local area since 2015, originally with space to accommodate 1,200 pupils. However, in just five years the school has identified the need to extend its existing learning environments in order to take on more pupils from Ardwick. Our team carried out an analysis of the existing building revealing that the site fell short of the government’s mainstream school requirements and as a result The Dean Trust appointed Ellis Williams Architects to design an expansion to increase capacity at the school.
On 11th March, Dean Trust Ardwick held a ceremony to celebrate work commencing to make these vital adjustments. In attendance was Tarun Kapur, CEO of The Dean Trust, alongside the school’s Head Girl, Jun Shen, and Head Boy, Oways Sherif.
They were joined by local councillors, Amna Saad Omar Abdullatif and Tina Hewitson.
The project is being delivered through the Procure Partnerships Framework with contractor partner Seddon. The project will provide an expansion to the current teaching facilities to cater for growing demand in the community by increasing the capacity from 1200 to 1350 pupils from the beginning of the 2020 academic year. A new two-storey extension will create a new teaching block as well as an extension to the dining area to accommodate 120 pupils and internal classroom remodelling and refurbishments.
The school will increase its intake from September 2020, a phased handover programme will see the completion of the dining block ready for the new school year and expected to be ready by November 2020.
Tarun Kapur, CEO of The Dean Trust, said: “The Dean Trust is delighted to once again be working in partnership with Manchester City Council to support the growing need for school places in the city. The project, will provide additional accommodation both for our pupils and staff, as well as for the wider community that it serves. This will enable local children to attend a local school, delivering a first-class education and learning environment which we believe the community rightly deserves.”