A bold striped pathway leads to the new Sixth Form and Teaching College entrances at Cheadle Hulme High School, uniting the landscape and creating a contemporary setting for the buildings. Small recycled-glass pavers provide flashes of colour in the paving, and highlight the colours in the school’s logo, while granite flags provide inspiration with etched words chosen by students at the school.
Small recycled-glass pavers provide flashes of colour in the paving, and highlight the colours in the school’s logo, while granite flags provide inspiration with etched words chosen by students at the school.
New trees help to green the space, bringing vertical interest into the landscape, and enhancing biodiversity. A large planter brings a piece of nature to the school entrance, with tree, shrub, perennial, fern, ornamental grasses and bulb planting for year round pleasure.
Flowering plants are chosen to add bursts of bright colour amongst the green backdrop provided by shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses. Flower colours are chosen to match the school’s logo colours in pink, blue and purple. The planting is low maintenance and largely evergreen to provide year round interest. Flowering periods are chosen outside of the summer holidays so no flowers are missed by pupils and staff.
Elsewhere within the school, the quadrangle is refurbished with a simple design; a central specimen multi-stemmed tree provides blossom in the spring and stunning winter colour that can be viewed through the glazed facades.
Construction is due to complete in 2018.
Architects: Pozzoni Architecture