“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

Eight of our students have been involved in a year-long project to teach them about architecture and construction as well as giving them the opportunity to design and build our very own outdoor teaching and break out area.

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

BAM Construction and Plincke architects worked alongside the pupils to make sure that the winning design could actually be built. Tony Grindrod, Construction Manager, of Salford-based BAM Construction said: “I cannot think of a more fitting way to mark the completion of 1 Angel Square than to work with the next generation of builders and designers to create Alessandra’s innovative design”.

The Co-operative and BAM Construction launched the project last year with SCAPE, a teacher/architect team, as part of its community commitment and support for education following completion of The Co-operative’s brand new head office at 1 Angel Square in Manchester.

Amanda Jones, Head of Business Change and Transformation at The Co-operative Group, said: “We launched this project with students at our academy to give them the chance to learn about building design and construction… It is part of our educational legacy following the completion of 1 Angel Square.”

Alessandra Ozuzu, one of eight students who took part in the project at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester, has seen her design for an outdoor shelter become a reality after it was selected by fellow students at the academy as well as pupils from local primary schools.

Julia Chance, of SCAPE, said: “Alessandra’s design emerged from her use of the modelling materials that were at hand, whilst simultaneously considering the location of the site in the school grounds and the accommodation requirements of the brief. Alessandra began to work with an Innocent packaging box and carved out organic shapes on the shelter wall, which came from the Innocent logo on the packaging she was using. She then contrasted this with a grid-style window pattern on the other side of the shelter. The shelter is situated on a pathway so you can walk straight through it, or you can stop, pause and sit down inside it.”

Mrs Leaver, Principal of The Co-operative Academy of Manchester, said: “We are all delighted with our new shelter, which will be here for students and staff to use and enjoy for many years to come.”

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