St Monica’s Sixth Form Centre

  • Location: Prestwich, Manchester
  • Client: School Governors / Salford Diocese
  • Type: New Build
  • Value: £5.2 million
  • Status: Completed 2011

St. Monica’s High School is a Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School situated in the Sedgley Ward of Bury Metropolitan Borough Council.


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Pupils come from a variety of social backgrounds and travel from a wide area, with large numbers coming from north Manchester and Salford.

In line with the 14-19 agenda, St. Monica’s wished to contribute to the provision of seamless programmes of personalised high quality work-related learning, enabling all young people to access their full 14-19 entitlement and progress successfully to training, further, or higher education, as appropriate.

The proposal was for a new build 250 place 16 -19 6th Form Centre on land adjoining the existing school site. The new development provides modern teaching accommodation for several different vocational courses to be taught including Hospitality & Catering, Performing & Production Arts, Sports & Fitness, Hair & Beauty, Media Studies, and IT & Business Studies. These courses will have a flexible curriculum within the new building with links to existing industry within Prestwich and the surrounding area.

The challenge of the brief was to create a unique building that inspires pupils to continue their education at St Monica’s and provide a first class practical vocation for taking out into professional business.

This has been achieved by creating a hybrid building, providing an exciting place to learn and also a place with modern, best practice facilities akin to that of professional business. The design evolved around three curved elements that combine to create a dynamic modern building to inspire both pupils and staff and also to enhance the local setting with a vibrant educational establishment.

As flexibility and multi purpose space was a key requirement a central open plan space was created at the heart of the building allowing integration of the different vocational elements. This central hub could cater for lectures, performances, social gathering, eating/ dining space, learning space etc and would create a dynamic space acting as a focal point to the entire complex.

Our team

Project architect: Lawrence McBurney

Project planner: Alban Cassidy

  • Royal Institute of British Architects - RIBA
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS
  • Royal Town Planning Institute - RTPI
  • iso9001
  • iso14001
  • abr

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