Droylsden Academy

Droylsden Academy is part of the Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council's £300 million Building Schools for the Future programme. Droyslden Academy was formed in September 2009 from the amalgamation of Little Moss Boys School and Droylsden Mathematics and Computing College for Girls. The new academy required the construction of a 2 storey steel framed building to accommodate 1200 11-16 year olds and 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.

The new Droylsden Academy is located on the former Droylsden High School for Girls playing fields located on Manor Road. The academy was established on 1st September 2009 following the closure of Littlemoss High school for Boys and Droylsden School for girls on the 31st August 2009. The site is approximately 4.82 hectares in area, set within the urban area of Droylsden in Manchester.

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 main entrance to the academy is clearly distinguishable within the surroundings; the large open space, which is clearly lit and signposted from all access routes, provides a strong symbol to the community that the Academy is inclusive and sees itself as an integral part of the local area.

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.

The building is designed to be very energy efficient by providing good levels of insulation, maximisation of natural day-lighting 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”.