Learning Resource Centre, Trafford College

Roger Stephenson Architects, Altrincham, 2011


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  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Mezzanine level plan    
  • Roof plan    
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  • Section C-C    
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  • North elevation    
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  • West elevation    
  • Red line plan    

Addition to a college of a library, A-Level centre and 60 classrooms grouped around a central courtyard

The buildings, which combine with the existing buildings to create a central campus courtyard, replace the library and 1950/60s teaching accommodation to provide 8961m2 of teaching space.

A series of teaching houses sit along the street frontage, the linear form building is broken down into five blocks. A block arranged around a three storey atrium, on a broader plan, completes the new build.

The construction utilizes a steel frame with exposed pre-cast concrete slabs, for high thermal mass, wrapped in a lightweight skin.

Concrete was removed from the demolition of the existing buildings, graded on site and re-used for the piling mat of the new construction.

Yellow brickwork is used as a common thread between the new and existing buildings. The first and second floors are white rendered and the use of timber is continued from other buildings on the campus.


  • Begun: Jun 2008
  • Completed: Feb 2011
  • Floor area: 8,961m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £22M
  • CO2 Emissions: 31.62kg/m2/year
  • Address: Trafford College, Manchester Road, Altrincham, WA14 5PQ, United Kingdom

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