Saddleworth School Oldham March 2020

GALLERY | Interserve appointed to deliver £25m Oldham school

Chloé Vaughan

The construction company has been named the preferred bidder to build the 115,000 sq ft Saddleworth School in Oldham.

The existing Saddleworth School on High Street in Uppermill was identified by the Department of Education as not fit for purpose, and will be demolished. The former WH Shaw pallet works off Ridge Lane, which was vacant, was identified as the site of the new school.

The existing warehouses across the 14.3-acre site are currently being demolished to make way for the school.

The development will include a sports hall, fitness suite and activity studios along with an all-weather pitch and a grass football pitch.

Planning permission was granted in June last year. When the school is completed, it will be able to hold up to 1,500 students.

The initial completion date for the development was winter 2021, but this is subject to change due to the coronavirus.

The development is being funding by the Government’s Priority School Building Programme, which was established to address schools in poor conditions across the UK.

This contract marks the fourth won by Interserve to build schools across the country, including three in the West Midlands.

Interserve is a long-term partner with the Department for Education.

Phil Shaw, regional director at Interserve, said: “Our appointment by the Education & Skills Funding Agency to build the new Saddleworth School further strengthens our position as one of the leading construction companies serving the UK education sector and follow’s the team’s recent appointment to build the special needs Halcyon Way and Prospect House schools, also in Oldham.”

WYG is the planner, JM Architects is the architect, and Colour Urban Design is the landscape architect.

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Oh dear.

By Dave McCall

Really pleased the new school is finally going ahead after all the local political turmoil… But what a sorely missed opportunity. It looks like a canalside logistics centre and is in no way suitable for that rural location – no matter what shade of the green the cladding. It’s a crying shame that the DfE are unable to target higher quality standards and that future generations will come to accept such depressing learning environments as the norm.

By James

My sympathies to any staff or pupils who are condemned to spend time in this shockingly awful building. Drap, depressing, large blocks of dullness similar to an 1980’s industrial estate

By david

First rule of prison – Don’t make eye contact with anyone in the exercise yard!

By Norman Stanley Fletcher