Regenerating school buildings in Salford

Due to the increasing demand for school places in Salford, on behalf of Salford City Council’s Children’s Services, Urban Vision (Capita’s joint venture partnership with Salford City Council and Galliford Try) are delivering a property investment programme that is expanding and improving numerous school buildings across the city of Salford. 

As well as providing additional space, these works are also improving the learning environment for Salford’s children and in some cases providing additional facilities for the community to use outside of school hours. 

As part of the 2016/17 basic need delivery programme, Urban Vision have improved 13 schools in total including Lark Hill Community Primary School; St Pauls Heathside, The Friars Primary School and Godfrey Ermen to name a few. 

Here is a snapshot of the school improvement projects we’ve been busy completing: 

Refurbishing Wharton Primary School, Little Hulton 

  • Two reception classes were expanded and completely refurbished 
  • A number of areas within the school were opened up to allow more space 
  • The old slated roof was refurbished and modernised 
  • Classrooms were refurbished and modernised to provide a more practical learning environment 

“From the early planning stages, the consultation to establish our specific needs was really positive and adjustments were made to the building plans to accommodate this. The period of work was scheduled to cause minimum disruption and the needs of the school and our pupils were taken into consideration. All workers were very courteous and the finished project was very good and has had a significant positive impact on the learning environment for our pupils.”

Helen Watson, head teacher at Wharton Primary School

Managing the design and build of St Luke’s C of E Primary School in Weaste 

  • We delivered a new £5.7m school building to accommodate growing pupil numbers
  • The new building was built over just 10 months to ensure the children could benefit from their new learning environment as soon as possible.
  • The design included a ‘natural’ approach that incorporated natural ventilation and natural lighting to enhance the learning experience.
  • The new building offers bespoke, flexible teaching spaces during the day and usable community space for out of school hours.
"I just wanted to say how thrilled we are with our new building. Our children and their families, staff and governors are all so impressed – the expression ‘WOW!’ has been heard many times. Our children now have a building to be proud of and which says to them ‘You are worth it".

K, Partridge, head teacher at St Luke’s C of E Primary School

Expanding Lewis Street Primary School, Eccles

  • We improved the condition of the existing school building and built additional teaching space to accommodate an increase in the number of pupils.
  • Works were completed over 3 phases and involved the refurbishment of the infant school, the construction of a new modular building to create more classroom space, and then finally the refurbishment of the junior block and the extension of the school hall. 


  • We provided additional external play space and relocated the existing car park to separate vehicle and pedestrian access into the school which improved safety.

  • The school remained operational during the entire works so learning was not disrupted for the children.

What’s coming up in 2017?

A new building for The Deans Primary School

Works have now started to build a brand new school building for The Deans Primary School in Swinton.

This exciting new project, which is to be located on a current vacant site outside Salford’s Civic Centre, involves the replacement of the existing one form entry school (210 pupils plus a nursery) with a two form entry school ( that can accommodate 420 pupils plus a nursery).

Urban Vision are working with the council’s contractor partners to manage the design and build of the new school which will consist of 15 new classrooms, one to one teaching spaces, learning malls which provides space for flexible teaching and learning, meeting rooms, additional studio space and a walkway connecting the existing sports facility to the new school building.

The design provides flexible spaces and allows for the curriculum to be delivered in a variety of ways.

The building is scheduled to be ready for September 2017 and we look forward to showing you the completed new building in a future edition.

Did you know?

  • We are already working closely with Salford City Council’s Children’s Services team to determine future school expansion programmes for 2018.
  • We work with 70 schools in Salford to make sure they are energy efficient and remain statutory compliant and safe. This can involve anything from completing building maintenance works and servicing the boiler to rewiring the buildings electrics.
  • Across 2016/2017 we completed 3 boiler replacements, 2 roofing projects, 2 internal refurbishments and 10 school extension projects across Salford’s schools