The Express College is a conceptual design project situated within the iconic Express Building in Ancoats; transforming it into an innovative vocational college for vulnerable young adults in Manchester.
The initial idea for the Express College was inspired by a speech by Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education in December 2018. He commented that,
“a degree is not the only path to a great job”
The concept of the building was to enable young people to engage in vocational courses in several subjects including Art & Design, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality, Business and Trades. This is a project that has social awareness and moral purpose with the protagonists at the heart of the design. The final design is robust in meeting the needs of the young people who will use the express college, offering them vocational educational facilities on a par with those in a university.