Our Lady & St. John Vocational Centre

  • Location: Blackburn
  • Client: Salford Diocese
  • Type: Further Education
  • Value: £5.2m
  • Status: Completed

This new 300-place Vocational Centre provides students with the necessary skills to take out into the work place after completion of their studies.



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The school governors sought a new facility that would inspire current and future pupils to continue with their education and attain a vocation that would ultimately lead to full time employment. This new building was not to resemble a school building or workplace, but a hybrid facility that catered for the vocational courses provided at the school.

Faculties include a special needs inclusion support space, a ‘flat’ to teach pupils life skills, a professional working and training kitchen, restaurant, hair salon and beauty treatment studio, fully equipped fitness studio, digital imaging studio, engineering department and fully equipped CAD room.

A central, flexible multi-use space was designed around which the different vocations could be located. This forms a ‘heart’ to the building where performances, seminars and events can be held using the retractable seating as a means to provide different functions within the space.

  • Royal Institute of British Architects - RIBA
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS
  • Royal Town Planning Institute - RTPI
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