Case Study


Dean Trust Ardwick 16

Ardwick, Manchester

Manchester City Council
Ardwick, Manchester
Laing O’Rourke
October 2015
September 2016
Form of Contract
Delivery Type
Design and Build

Dean Trust Ardwick 16 (DTA16) is an exciting 8095m2 new build 1200 place secondary school in Ardwick developed in order to support the growing demand for school places in Manchester.

The building is a combination of modular and traditional construction and is constructed over three stories accommodating 50 classrooms, a sports hall and three external sports pitches.

A bespoke Sustainability plan was devised in alignment with NWCH and priority areas, outlining commitments to supporting local benefit throughout the programme.

Local impact – education and engagement

  • 10 primary school activities were delivered, engaging over 300 pupils. Early engagement with primary schools helped to support the pupil recruitment to the new school
  • 10 work experience placements took place for local young people.
  • STEM related learning – one local secondary school were sponsored through the Engineering Development Trust’s ‘Go4set’ competition.
  • 143 volunteering hours took place on the project in the local area. This included regular equipment and labour donation throughout the programme to help support the local community organisation with community clean ups.

Local impact – employment

  • 2 paid work placements local unemployed people, linking with homeless organisation; The Limes. The individuals took part in employability support activities and training in preparation for the placements. Both men signed up to a recruitment agency and will now be informed of any future employment opportunities.
  • 17 apprentices were recorded on the project
  • 45% local labour (Greater Manchester)


“Given the short time scale and changes in personnel what has been achieved is incredible. Our team have worked alongside MCC and Laing O’Rourke in a harmonious manner, with challenge where appropriate. This has been a true partnership to provide the best for the children of Ardwick and beyond.”  Tarun Kapur CBE, Chief Executive, The Dean Trust