Little Hulton free school tipped for approval

Plans for the 62,000 sq ft Star Leadership Academy, Salford will be voted on at the 20 January city council planning meeting. The application has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

If signed off, Wates Construction will build the two-storey secondary school on six acres to the west of Longshaw Drive. The brownfield site was formerly the home of Hulton High, which was demolished in 2009. The site has been vacant since.

Capable of teaching 750 students, the school is part of the government’s Free Schools Programme.

Free schools are funded by the government but are not controlled by the local authority. Star Academies, which runs 19 secondary schools across the country, will operate the new building.

Star Academy Salford In Little Hulton 3, DfE, C Ares Landscape Architects

Around 100 staff would work at the Star Leadership Academy, Salford. Credit: Ares Landscape Architects

Wates Construction North West regional director Dave Saville described how the brownfield site fit into the Wates ethos.

“Regenerating communities is hugely important to Wates and we feel this secondary school provides the perfect opportunity for Little Hulton by providing much-needed places for local children, on a site that has been undeveloped for years, and with sustainable family homes also planned for this site,” Saville said.

“It gives us great pride to be supporting Star Academies, the Department for Education and Salford City Council in reviving this site and improving the lives of local people.”

Star Academy Salford In Little Hulton, DfE, C Ares Landscape Architects

The 62,000 sq ft school would sit off Longshaw Drive. Credit: Ares Landscape Architects

As part of the plans, the school would have a hard-court multi-use games area, all-weather pitch, and sports facilities. There would also be an 88-space car park with five accessible spaces and six electric vehicle charging ones. Additionally, there would be parking bays for two school minibuses and three motorcycles. The school would have covered cycle storage for 48 bicycles.

Sheppard Robson designed the school. The project team includes Avison Young as the planning consultant and Ares Landscape Architects.

Star Leadership Academy, Salford is one of six schools Wates has been contracted to build for the Department for Education.

Want to learn more about Star Leadership Academy? The application’s reference number with Salford City Council is 21/78560/FUL.

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