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Droylsden Academy


Droylsden Academy is part of the Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council’s £300 million Building Schools for the Future programme. The new academy required the construction of a 2 storey steel framed building to accommodate 1200 11-16 year olds with an additional 200 pupils aged 16-19. The 115,700 square foot building is made up of three elements: an open plan curved block for 11-16 year olds, a rectilinear block containing the sixth form, sport and community facilities and a central hub containing learning resources, dining, social and performance areas.

Designed by Ryder Architecture, the overall appearance of the building has been designed to reflect the dynamic nature of the academy with a contemporary building of strong presence within the community. The building is designed to be very energy efficient by providing good levels of insulation, maximisation of natural day-light for both health and energy benefits and the provision of natural ventilation. Solar shading, solar reflective glass and an effective natural ventilation strategy have helped to contribute to the sustainability of the building by reducing the need for mechanical ventilation and associated energy consumption.  The project received a BREEAM rating of “excellent”.

Elite worked with main contractor Carillion Building to deliver the £12.4 million project on time and on budget. Elite were asked, along with the design team and architect, to provide a solution that was to the school’s requirements. Being a secondary school, it was paramount that the ironmongery was robust enough to stand up to the use it would be subjected to from the students. Elite made sure the highest grade of stainless steel material was used for all products and that all these products met the relevant testing standards. To date, this has proved successful and Elite went on to supply further education projects in the Tameside Building Schools for the Future programme.