Co-op Academy Showcase Cinema

Showcase Cinema demolition starts as school plans approved

A 92,000 sq ft secondary school is to be constructed on the site of the former cinema on Hyde Road after Manchester City Council gave the scheme the green light. 

The Gorton school is to be operated by the Co-Op Academies’ Trust, which runs 25 education facilities in the North of England.  Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine is to build the 1,200-place facility, designed by Space Architects, and the school is due to open in time for the 2022/23 academic year. 

Under plans lodged in January, there is to be a three-storey main school building linked to a sports hall block of two-storeys. In addition, the project features a 93-space car park, a drop-off area, grass football pitches and tennis and basketball courts. 

The demolition of the former cinema is underway following council approval earlier this month…

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