Media coverage of Notre Dame Catholic College in Liverpool

27th August 2014

The completed £15.3m Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton, Liverpool, is the first school delivered using an innovative design solution to create architecturally engaging schools on limited budgets. This approach, referred to as the Liverpool Schools Model, creates a flexible and economic architectural ‘shell’ in which individual interior components are added to create a mix of learning and social spaces bespoke to the individual school’s requirements.

The project was featured in the architectural press this month, including articles in the Architects' Journal (subscription needed), World Architecture News and e-Architect.  

The result at Notre Dame Catholic College is a 950-pupil school – encompassing a sixth form as well as community music services and extensive landscaping – which was constructed in 56 weeks. The school was delivered for a total project cost of £1,459/m², which is particularly economic as this figure includes full FF&E, significant groundworks and retaining structures, and all consultant fees. The design can be adapted and rearranged over the lifecycle of the school, with the clear-span ‘shell’ concept making it considerably easier to reconfigure the building for another function in the future.