Woodkirk Academy-RoSLA Building

Client: Woodkirk Academy

Architect: Wake Architects Ltd


The RoSLA building was originally built in the 1970's, as a short-term solution to provide additional accommodation, following the "Raising of the School Leaving Age". After 40 years of continuous changing use, the building was in need of major refurbishment to meet the new standards of educational facilities. The brief was to provide new Design Technology Workshops, Food Technology kitchens, Teaching Facilities, Private study areas, 6th Form Common Room and Refectory.


Solution:Positive was appointed to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and ensure completion of the project for the beginning of the new academic year. Key Challenge: To meet the condensed procurement programme Solution:Positive completed the full design of the new M&E services for the refurbishment and extension of the RoSLA building in just 2-weeks.The Academy and students now benefit from a significantly improved energy efficient building,thanks to the improved thermal qualities of the external envelope, installation of a new heating system and high efficiency sensor controlled lighting.


Client feedback:Deputy Head Teacher Joe Barton, who headed up the project on behalf of the Academy,endorsed the partnership between the Woodkirk Academy and Solution:Positive

“This was the first time the Academy had undertaken a project on this scale and so it was really important to find a company that could be trusted and who understood the needs of the Academy in terms of values, vision and working practices. In Solution:Positive, Woodkirk Academy found that company.We have received a first class service from Solution:Positive and Director Tony May has been constantly on hand throughout the project to help and guide us,which I am very grateful to him for.The level of and attention to detail provided,from initial drawings and specifications through,to snagging, has been excellent.I would happily recommend Solution:Positive to other schools and businesses.”

Joe Barton

Principle – Woodkirk Academy