Designed by Atkins architects, the brief was to provide a two-form entry school including a 30-place nursery and special educational needs support unit. Salford City Council envisaged a building that supported strong links between the school and the local community.
The site itself proved inspirational, being a stone’s throw from the Grade II listed Buile Hill Park, and the designers chose natural materials and landscaping that visually complemented the picturesque setting.
Longworth Building Services were subcontracted to deliver the cladding, and worked closely with the architects and Russwood to achieve the desired finish. Russwood SILA Select® Siberian Larch RW119 was utilised in two different profiles: a timber rainscreen system for the majority of the school and a more architectural feel for the sports hall delivered through the use of a black aluminium backing sheet to create shadow gaps. The timber rainscreen was installed at random lengths, providing a relaxed natural finish that offers a warm welcome to pupils and the wider community.