Galliford Try Oldham School

Galliford Try secures £21m Oldham academy

The Department for Education has signed a contract with Galliford Try to deliver the 1,500-place academy at the former Breeze Hill school on Roxbury Avenue.

The academy is currently located in temporary accommodation next to Oldham College on Middleton Road, where it has been based since September 2018.

Under the plans, Galliford Try will build a campus for pupils aged between 11 and 16, with facilities including sports pitches, a playground, and a multi-use games area. In total, the proposals add up to more than 113,000 sq ft. Pozzoni is the architect.

The main block of the school will stand at four storeys, while the sports hall will stand at between one and two storeys.

Covering nearly 19 acres, the site was formerly home to Breeze Hill school, which was demolished in 2013 following the merger of Breeze Hill with the nearby Counthill School. The Department for Education is funding the scheme through its free schools programme, and is set to open for the 2020/21 academic year.

The professional team also includes Avison Young as planner; the project secured consent in February this year.

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Wasn’t there a Panorama edition about the Academies scandal? A lot of people have made a lot of money out of this. People working on academies getting their partners to work as education consultants etc. Surprised they are still building new ones!

By Ann Connor

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