Wardle Academy

A new building providing flexible teaching spaces and a new prep kitchen for Wardle Academy and the Watergrove Trust.

The project utilises off-site modern methods of construction to assist with an extremely tight construction period. 
Perceived as a black ‘wedge’ slotting behind brick buttress piers; The new teaching block echoes the style and form of the existing campus structures, ensuring a coherent campus identity.
On-site progress - March 2024
On-site progress - March 2024
On-site progress - March 2024
The building form is sculpted to overcome the surrounding constraints and the proximity of the neighbouring residential properties; fitting into an awkward and restricted infill site. This has created a part single/ part two storey extension which steps across the facade to maintain minimum distances from the adjacent properties. 

By working with the existing levels on site and the stepped form, the scheme creates a sympathetic yet contemporary building.

"Using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) we have adopted a Structural Integrated Panel SIP) system in order to reduce the construction programme; promoting increased thermal performance and sustainable construction in practice."

Anna May

Project Information


Watergrove Trust


Rochdale, Manchester


Full Architectural Design, 3D Visualisations, Technical Design, Construction


Planning & Technical

Design Team:

Anna Henshall
Ellie Platt