Development of a new campus for one of the UK’s largest independent schools, situated within 80 acres of rural land to provide state of the art facilities for more than 1,200 boys and girls aged 3-18. The new campus provides a 21,000m2 main academic building, a separate sports centre and a wide range of outdoor facilities.

The Brief

We were appointed as landscape architects, working within a wider Pick Everard team, to develop vibrant, welcoming, multi-functional and sustainable outdoor spaces to be enjoyed by pupils, staff and visitors alike, and to maximise opportunities to enhance the existing site.

Our Response

By identifying the existing landscape assets and understanding the wider landscape context, we were able to propose a solution to enhance the development and enable it to be harmoniously integrated into the wider landscape setting.

Our design saw significant existing trees and woodlands retained, providing a mature landscape setting for the new campus. In addition, over 800 new trees were added. The new landscape provides an educational resource as well as further enhancement to the site’s biodiversity.

The new, sustainable facility has been rated as BREEAM Very Good and incorporates eco-features including sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), bat and swift boxes, beehives and outdoor classrooms to further connect pupils to their natural surroundings.

Key Facts

  • 11,000m2 of new species-rich wildflower meadow created.
  • 3,500m2 of wetland meadow created utilising the new SuDS ponds.
  • Eight bat boxes and 10 bird nest boxes were installed on selected mature trees and the new buildings.
  • BREEAM Very Good-rated.

Project Information

Client: King’s School / Vinci Construction UK

Location: Macclesfield

Value: £60m