Sheppard Robson explain their innovative design for the 950-pupil Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton, Liverpool
The design of the £15.3million college was created ‘to allow architecturally engaging schools within limited budgets’.
Referred to as the Liverpool Schools Model, the approach creates a flexible and economic architectural ‘shell’ in which individual interior components are added to create a mix of learning and social spaces bespoke to the individual school’s requirements.
The design allows the school to be adapted and rearranged over time, with the clear-span ‘shell’ concept making it considerably easier to reconfigure the building for another function in the future.
Commissioned as part of the Liverpool City Council’s Liverpool Schools Investment Programme, the shcool was designed and built to a budget of £1,459/m2 including full FF&E, significant groundworks and consultant fees, and constructed in 56 weeks.