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Cheadle Hulme High School's sports hall

Phase one of Cheadle Hulme sports facilities refurb complete

The local community will be able to use the refurbished facilities on evenings and weekends

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 15, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

Phase one of a major £5 million refurbishment project at Cheadle Hulme High School, which has been designed by Pozzoni Architecture, is now complete.

The renovation of the school’s sports and fitness facilities began in July 2016 and September 2016 marks the completion of the first phase of work.

Previously underused squash courts have been converted into a state of the art multi-gym and the main sports hall now features a sprung floor, new lighting, air temperature controls and climbing wall. The changing rooms, complete with showers and lockers, have also been refurbished.

The modernised facilities are expected to also be available for use by the local community during evenings and weekends.

Scott Bearman, project architect in Pozzoni’s education team, said: “We worked with Cheadle Hulme High School a few years ago on the design of a new sixth form building so it’s great to be involved again and see the school continue to develop.

“Having excellent facilities that the whole community can benefit from, as well as the staff and students, is a real asset for the school and great way to encourage families to become more active.”

The next phase of the renovation project is planned to start in February 2017 and will see an external flood-lit artificial football and rugby pitch added to the school subject to planning. A new hockey pitch will also be included in the redesign of the outdoor space to further compliment the school’s sports offering.

Linda Magrath, Headteacher at Cheadle Hulme High School, said: “Everybody here is very excited at the prospect of opening our new sporting facility, Club Cheadle Hulme, in November. We are celebrating with a launch on 1st December with our alumni, Andrew Law, whose Educational Trust has made this transformation possible.”

Planning applications have been submitted for phase three of the project, which if granted, will see the entrance of the school completely redesigned along with a new teaching school, refectory and administration facilities.

With over thirty years’ experience, Pozzoni has built up an impressive portfolio of public and private sector developments including commercial, education, healthcare, leisure, mixed-use, residential and senior living projects from its offices in Manchester and London.

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