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Cassidy + Ashton scoops planning for Bolton sixth form block

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[First look] Cassidy + Ashton has won planning permission for a £5 million sixth form centre project for Bolton School in Greater Manchester

Planned to start on site this month, the three-storey project features glazed corridors connecting to existing Grade II-listed buildings.

Lawrence McBurney, the Chester and Preston-based studio’s lead architect on the project said: ‘It has been a pleasure to work with Bolton School to create something which will become so prominent at this already very striking school.

‘The opportunity to introduce a new building within the main quad, adding and complementing the setting of the listed buildings has been a challenge but one which we think has created a unique and dramatic centrepiece for the school.’

Cathy Fox, clerk and treasurer at Bolton School added: ‘We are delighted to renew our relationship with Cassidy and Ashton, having already worked with them on designs for our new Infant and Junior Girls’ Schools as well as on the extension of Park Road, our Junior Boys’ School. 

‘We chose them because their design best suited our needs and also because we know from past experience that they deliver on time and to budget.  They are always a pleasure to work with, fitting in with any last minute adjustments or requirements on our side.

‘The drawings they came up with for our new shared Sixth Form Centre were stunning, referencing our grand sandstone school and iconic neo-gothic façade but in what will be a very futuristic and eye-catching building.  We look forward to the completion of another successful project, which will be the final phase of our recent £18 million investment in facilities on our campus.’

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