Akilab designed the school. Credit: Akilab Design Studio

Green light for first Manchester city centre school in 20 years 

Renaker has been granted approval to build a 236-pupil primary school on Crown Street as part of its Great Jackson Street masterplan. 

Outline approval for the school was granted in August 2020 and now Manchester City Council has given the developer full consent for the scheme. 

The primary school will be the first constructed within Manchester’s inner ring road in almost two decades. 

The project is being delivered as part of Renaker’s obligations attached to planning approvals for almost 3,000 homes across two schemes – Trinity Islands and Plot F of Great Jackson Street.  

The two skyscraper schemes offer no affordable housing. As well as the school, Renaker has also contributed several million pounds towards public realm improvements. 

Deloitte is the planning consultant for the Crown Street primary school, which will sit between Renaker’s Elizabeth Tower and The Blade. 

SimpsonHaugh provided concept designs for the school and Arkilab provided detailed designs. It will have three storeys and be 15.3 metres high. It will boast a gross internal area of 19,350 sq ft, with a rooftop play area. 

Construction on the school could begin this August, with an anticipated completion date set for June 2024. 

The project team for the scheme includes WSP, Element Sustainability, MEP Design, Hoare Lea, Fisher Acoustics and Vectos. DP Squared is the structural engineer. Chris Burnett Associates, Ensafe and GIA have also worked on the project. 

Looking to learn more about the school? The application’s reference number with Manchester City Council is 133516/MO/2022. 

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Kudos to Renaker for designing a school with such a small footprint. Wouldnt have thought it was possible without it being a massively compromised building done for commercial reasons

By Alan Partridge

Bus stops. There is no public transport nearby. It will be a long walk for small children. I hope that Manchester takes this into account when considering the Chester Road consultation which reduces car access and adds no buses.

By Rosemary Aikman

Wow – what an uninspiring place to teach children.

By Anonymous

Will there be a roof top playground or somewhere for the children to run about and play?

By Anonymous

Is this school for the new Millionaires enclave of Great Jackson Street? Or can anyone apply?

By Elephant

Anonymous 3.51. Yes there will, it’s mentioned in the article.

By Anonymous

Looks good. Not much different to the sort of schools you see around Manhattan. Big cities aren’t for everyone I guess.

By Dave

A play area in the windiest place in England

By Dan

There was supposed to be a primary school in Macintosh Village beneath The Green Building, no?

By Anonymous

There are bus stops, Metrolink stops and train stops all within a 5 minute walk. It’s probably one of the most accessible sites in the city. Notwithstanding this, I believe the school is also aimed at Children who live nearby, such as the towers.

I think the design looks pretty nice for a school actually, guess we’ll see when it’s built.

By Anonymous

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