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    Grange School, Manchester

    The Entrance Facade

    The Entrance Facade

    A new centre of excellence was opened in Manchester this year, which has been designed to educate children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related learning difficulties. The project has cost £14 million and is part of Manchester’s wider £500 million ‘Building Schools for the Future and Academies Programme’.

    Architects Ellis Williams asked masonry company Forticrete to supply diamond masonry in a textured finish and polished Florentine ivory masonry, as well as a Portland cast-stone commemorative stone, giving the building a great and very modern look, as you can see in the photo above. Architect Emma Mitchell said of the project “With Manchester fast becoming a centre of excellence for children with ASD, we wanted Grange School to become a hub for the local community. It was important to us that we created a bright finish that would not only sparkle in the sunlight, but be welcoming and make a visual impact on the area. It was essential that a high quality finish was achieved.”

    The school provides places for 150 children aged 4-19, and also has facilites for training, conferences and specialist therapy so that children from other schools around the area can benefit. Residential properties have also been built, giving ten long-term and ten short-term places for children with ASD and their families.

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