Aedas’ Waterhead Academy, hailed as ‘a bold attempt to bridge the racial divide’ in Oldham, has begun on site
The academy, which recently featured on BBC’s Newsnight, brings together two of the town’s most segregated schools - Counthill and Breeze Hill schools.
Aedas is working with Willmott Dixon and Oldham Council on the project on the site of the former Orb Mill which is set to open in November, 2012.
The four-storey academy features two wings, with a terrace on the roof of the sports hall, as well as two courtyard areas and indoor and outdoor sporting facilities available to all the local community .
Anthony Langan, Director at Aedas said: ‘As someone who was born, grew up and lives in Oldham I am delighted that Aedas will design these exciting new Academies; helping to improve the life chances of young people in the area.’
Aedas will also design Oasis Academy and EACT–sponsored Oldham Academy North.