Bolton UCS, Department for Education, p Galliford Try

AHR Architects designed the extension for the school, which is switching from a vocational focus to an academic one. Credit: via Galliford Try

Galliford Try to build £17.6m Bolton UCS

When complete, the 38,200 sq ft extension to the University Collegiate School will increase the education facility’s student capacity by a third.

Galliford Try was recruited for the £17.6m project by the Department for Education. The scheme also includes refurbishing 11,700 sq ft o the existing school building to help reflect the institution’s shift from a vocational educational centre to an academic one.

Bolton University Collegiate School sits off Rasbottom Street and Deane Road, close to the University of Bolton.

The four-storey extension will sit south of the existing building and include a series of classrooms, an activity studio, dining facilities, and a sports hall. There will also be a rooftop play area, under designs by AHR Architects.

The plans, approved in February, feature 13 additional car parking spaces, of which will be accessible.

According to planning consultant Turley, the extension and refurbishment will help accommodate Bolton UCS in educating an additional 220 students, growing its capacity from 620 students to 840.

Darren Parker, managing director for Galliford Try Building North West, described the project accordingly: “This is an exciting project which, once again, brings us to the heart of Bolton to provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for young people”.

He continued: “This project will add to our already outstanding portfolio of education projects across the North West, and we are confident that Bolton UCS will further prove our dedication to quality and innovation in the communities we work.”

You can see the plans for the building by searching application reference number 17033/23 on Oldham Council’s planning portal.

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