Blackburn Central High School / Nicholas Hare Architects

  • 27 Mar 2013
  • Educational Selected Works
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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Haslington Road, , UK
Architect In Charge:
Area: 8,673 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andy Haslam

Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend
Structural Engineer: Ramboll
Services Engineer: Hoare Lea
Landscape Designer: Farrer Huxley Associates

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Blackburn Central High School with Crosshill (SEN) amalgamates three existing schools. The population of the new school, for 11-16yr olds, will be 900 mainstream and 60 special needs students.

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The new school sits on a steeply sloping and extremely prominent location overlooking Blackburn and draws students from diverse local communities, which have very significant levels of social deprivation.

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The basic diagram loosely wraps the learning accommodation, around a central ‘heart’ space that combines assembly, performance, dining, study and exhibition and views to the surrounding landscape are maximized, aiding orientation and celebrating the institution’s place in the community.

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“Nicholas Hare Architects have designed an excellent building in which to educate young people. The imaginative use of natural light and a simple but striking colour palate help to create an open and positive working environment in which staff and students can thrive”

Alan Chambers, Head – Blackburn Central High School


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