Xaverian Sixth Form College

Pozzoni Architecture, Manchester , 2015

 

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Partial demolition, refurbishment and extension of a Grade II-listed building as part of the Xaverian College in Manchester

To accommodate the growing numbers at the school, an old nursery was transformed in to a new dining and social hub for staff and pupils. One of the main challenges of the project was to unite the new extension with the original 19th century building as well as a previous extension which had completed in 2001.

To differentiate the new extension, the pavilion is slightly higher than the original structure without overwhelming its neighbouring building. The practice was able to retain part of the original building whilst creating a natural flow through from the existing college in to the new extension.

The design of the extension takes inspiration from its historic surroundings with the charcoal cement-fibre cladding reflecting the slate roofs. Offering views out across the campus from the glazed corner window, the new pavilion benefits from plenty of natural light in the open dining space which also accommodates toilets and a new commercial kitchen.

The sloping parapet lines of the new elevations taper to a point at the south west corner of the building, signifying it as a point of entry to the building and identifying the building’s status as a focal meeting place.

Data

  • Begun: Mar 2015
  • Completed: Jul 2015
  • Floor area: 260m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Tender date: Feb 2015
  • Procurement: JCT Intermediate Contract
  • Address: Xaverian Sixth Form College, Lower Park Rd, Manchester , M14 5RB, United Kingdom

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