Star Salford Academy on track for 2023 opening

Construction work by Wates is underway for the Star Salford Academy off Longshaw Drive in Little Hulton.

Wates Construction has begun erecting the steelwork for the superstructure on the six-acre site, which has been vacant since the demolition of Hulton High School in 2009.

Star Salford Academy is delivered under the Department for Education’s four-year Modern Building Methods Framework. The project is part of the free schools program of the Ministry of Education. Star Academies, a multi-academy trust, will operate the school.

A total of 750 students will be able to study at the secondary school designed by Sheppard Robson. In addition to the teaching spaces, there will also be a hard-surface multi-purpose playground, all-weather court and a sports hall.

In total, the two-story building will comprise 62,000 square feet. Wates aims to complete construction in time for the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

CGI showing what the completed school will look like. Credit: Ares Landscape Architects

Work on the school is being delivered alongside an adjacent 180-house Seddon development. The two family businesses are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year. Together, Seddon and Wates will deliver a comprehensive social value plan to help regenerate the area.

“This school and adjacent housing project has the potential to transform the Little Hulton area,” said Dave Saville, Managing Director of North for Wates.

“The construction industry has a huge role to play in supporting the government’s upgrading program and regeneration projects such as this are the perfect example of what we can create opportunities, supply from more modern educational environments to increasing the supply of accommodation for the local community.”

Planning permission for Star Salford Academy was obtained in January. The project team included Avison Young and Ares Landscape Architects.

Star Salford Academy is the eighth project Wates has undertaken for Star Academies, which operates more than 30 schools across the country.

The Department of Education has also appointed Wates to build a series of schools that operate at net zero.

In total, Wates is currently building spaces for over 5,000 students in the North West.

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