Case Study


The Co-operative Academy

Blackley, Manchester

The Co-operative Group
Blackley, Manchester
Morgan Sindall
April 2017
June 2018
Form of Contract
JCT 2011
Delivery Type
Design and Build

A two storey new build extension to the existing Co-operative Academy, built within a live environment. The project features a state-of-the-art 300 seat theatre, performing arts spaces and sports facilities.

The Co-operative Academy was originally constructed in 2007. Due to demand from the local area, the academy now requires additional facilities to cater for a student capacity which will increase from 900 to 1600 over the next five years.

• The two storey new build creates a physical link between the existing main building and the sports hall. It will provide a theatre, drama rehearsal rooms, music suites, recording studios, additional classroom space and a two storey climbing wall.
• Externally, an additional 57 car parking spaces will be created with 16 additional drop off spaces. The Academy will also benefit from a grass sports pitch which has been formed using site waste from excavation works.

A state-of-the-art theatre
• At the core of the facility is its high spec 300 seat theatre which features tiered seating and a professional lighting rig with associated tension wire grid. The theatre ‘drum’ itself has extensive acoustic properties to eradicate noise break
out for local residents.

Opportunities for local people
• Opportunities are being created through Yes, a social enterprise which offers support to local people seeking employment or training. Yes is based at The Hive, within the Co-operative Academy, which acts as a support network for the local community and small businesses.
• 16 year old Daniel Preston was recruited through Yes. He is training full time at the project with supply chain partner Will Nixon Groundworks, as part of a Level 2 Apprenticeship in General Construction Operations.

‘The extension will provide the academy with improved teaching facilities and community spaces. We are ambitious and want the new facilities to be of benefit to local residents. We believe we have secured a fantastic resource for Blackley.’ Frank Norris, Director of The Co-operative Academies Trust