Pozzoni celebrates trio of school passes

Altrincham-based architect Pozzoni's education team has announced three wins on new schools projects in the North West.

Planning consent has been granted for a £1m science block at North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. Pozzoni designed "a sensitive yet contemporary design comprising two stacks of laboratories either side of a full height glazed entrance and main circulation area." The project will be built by J Greenwood Builders and is due to start on site in May 2009.

Pozzoni has also gained planning approval for a £3.6m project at Vernon Primary School in Poynton on behalf of Cheshire County Council. Currently the Infant and Junior School are housed on two separate sites. This new-build and refurbishment scheme will bring together all accommodation onto the existing Junior School site, including a new SureStart Children's Centre, and allow the closure of the existing Infant School facilities which are no longer fit for purpose.

The new Community Primary School aims to achieve Secure by Design accreditation and a BREEAM rating 'very good'. The contractor on the scheme is Willmott Dixon and works are due to start on site in June 2009.

Thirdly, Pozzoni has been picked by DBE Services, a joint venture between six Dioceses across the North of England, as an architect on the Northern Diocese Framework to cover the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Diocese regions.

The framework will deliver a £40m build programme over the next four years for the six identified regions with project values ranging from £500,000 to £6m.

Catherine Mulley, Pozzoni's education director, said: "At Pozzoni we have over 30 years' experience in the education sector, with a particular expertise in schools. We operate a 'ground-up' approach based on our client's brief and the needs of any existing estate. Our experience in the provision of quality facilities and our awareness of the need to meet the wants of the staff and pupils whilst working within budget constraints and tight timescales has ensured the creation of strong working relationships with clients across the sector."

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