Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton is the first completed project of Liverpool City Council’s Liverpool Schools Investment Programme. Phase One alone will see eight schools in the city benefitting, of which three (Notre Dame and Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College and Archbishop Blanch School) are being delivered by Sheppard Robson.
The design was developed from the City Council’s ‘Liverpool Schools Concept’ where a simply constructed large ‘shell’ space is provided efficiently at minimal cost, allowing independent design of the building interior to respond to the schools specific needs - and allow flexible re-organisation throughout the building’s life. The over-arching aim is to improve education, boost the local economy and build stronger local communities.
Read more… Planning approval was secured on this site close to the city centre early in 2012, construction began in August 2012 and the students arrived in September 2013 - the same date that would have been achieved by the cancelled BSF programme. The design internally is a careful blend of naturally lit traditional classroom spaces and more open and dynamic break-out and study spaces located through the central concourse and gallery spaces. The whole school embraces its parkland setting with strong visual and physical connections between internal and external spaces.