Pupils at the Creative and Media Academies in north Manchester have mucked in to help roll out the living green roof of their brand new £38 million school building that is currently under construction
The usefulness of the living roof goes far beyond its green credentials, as it will be fully accessible, so that it can be used by students as a learning environment during lesson times. The roof combines a green sedum blanket with sections of a brown plug plant roof system designed to attract biodiversity.
Manchester Creative and Media Academy Girls and Manchester Creative and Media Academy Boys are currently located on separate sites and the building project will bring the two academies together onto a single academy campus.
The two brand new 750 place single sex academies open this September on the shared campus.
The purpose-built, state of the art academies will be centres of excellence in creative and media education and digital learning technologies.
The four storey campus will boast a range of facilities including a high tech recording studio, a theatre, music and drama rooms, a dance studio, an ICT and media suite, meeting rooms and a learning resource centre and café - all of which will be available to the local community.
The academies are being built on a site in Blackley bounded by the existing boys' academy location to the south and Victoria Avenue East to the north. They will operate as separate schools within one 13,700 sq m building forming an academies campus. However pupils will dine together and share the use of specialist classrooms.
As well as a living green roof, the academies will also have an allotment area accessible to pupils, a courtyard with a performance area, and other external teaching and dining areas.
Environmentally friendly aspects of the building will include a heating and cooling system that will be provided by renewable technologies and rainwater harvesting.
Councillor Afzal Khan, Executive Member Children Services, Manchester City Council, said: "It was good to roll up my sleeves and help the students as they rolled out the new living green roof for their academy. The new building is going to be a real asset - not just for the students already attending the academy but for future generations of students who will benefit for years to come from the top class educational facilities now under construction."
The lead sponsor for the two academies is The Manchester College with co-sponsors Manchester City Council and Microsoft.
The academies are part of a combined Building Schools for the Future and Academies programme with a £509m capital investment to rebuild or refurbish 33 schools across Manchester.