As the lead Landscape Architect, Matthew successfully won the Blackpool BSF bid with FCB Studios, Plincke and Nightingale Associates and Eric Wright Group. The two winning schools were very different, both in context and in the design response, with a new build secondary and a part new build / part refurbish all through school.
Matthew undertook extensive liaison with the Local Authority, the school and its pupils to create a scheme that the whole community would buy into and deliver a sustainable and robust solution, that was both aspirational and inspirational.
Both schemes explore the benefits for establishing the schools at the centre of their communities, whilst providing significant opportunities for external education and social development. Highfield School is being used as the new educational model for the Blackpool Borough Council.