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neo-gothic school transformed into apartments

An old school from 1843 has been converted into 95 one- and two-bedroom residential apartments for Urban Splash. Through sensitive conservation, we preserved the key elements of the original neo-gothic building.

The Collegiate School, a red sandstone structure with an octagonal theatre, closed in 1986. The building had suffered extensive fire damage and numerous unrealised refurbishment schemes had been proposed for the building, but all failed to reconcile the substantial regeneration costs with a new use.

Our new homes are compactly and logically arranged around four double height storeys – at the front relating to the existing window openings, and at the back to the new openings and balconies. From the rear, the building begins to reflect its new use through the language of these new elements.


Urban Splash




  • 95 apartments

Contract value:

£9 million




Won: 2002 RIBA Regional, Civic Trust, Merseyside Civic Society, LADT and 1999 Housing Design Award

“shedkm has transformed the school into 95 apartments in an approach that preserves the key elements of the original building and combines these with a lucid, contemporary architectural language.”

The Architectural Review