- RIBA Stages 4-6
- Delivery Lead
- Principal Designer
The WaterSHED regenerates a redundant 1970s sports hall into a modern creative learning space providing a mix of formal and informal open-plan social, dining and learning environments for secondary school pupils.
Environmental sustainability is a crucial consideration of the design, and wherever possible, we sourced materials and components from salvage yards and scrap heaps.
Health and wellbeing play a vital role in the design. New roof lights facilitate an airy and spacious atmosphere, complemented by a palette of natural materials styled in an industrial workshop aesthetic celebrating Rochdale’s manufacturing heritage.
We substantially reduced waste from the construction process by setting the spaces out to industry-standard material dimensions. For example, the sheds are set out to the typical 4ft standard widths of a sheet of plywood. The floor is preserved in its original state to retain a playful memory of its former function.