Wates Construction Starts Work on Edgar Wood Academy
UK’s National contractor Wates Construction has begun work on a new GBP 17 million secondary school serving the local communities of Heywood in Middleton, Birch and Langley in Rochdale in UK. The Edgar Wood Academy will be operated by the Altus Education Partnership, a multi academy trust. The project was procured via the Department for Education’s Modern Methods of Construction Framework and is the first of six MMC projects to hit site that Wates is undertaking since its appointment to the framework in January 2020.
Designed by architectural practice, Sheppard Robson, the 900-pupil school for 11 to 16-year-olds, which has a footprint of 6,720 square meters, is being developed in response to increased demand for secondary places following the expansion of local primary schools and will be ready for September 2022. It will comprise a three-storey teaching block containing 23 general classrooms and 34 specialist classrooms, a sports hall, sports pitches, soft and hard play areas, car parking and drop off areas.
At the same time, Wates has worked closely with the DfE to develop temporary accommodation to house The Edgar Wood Academy’s first 120 Year 7 students when they arrive in September 2021. The accommodation will be located on a site about three miles away at Hopwood Hall College.
Meanwhile, Wates Construction is also close to completion of the 900-pupil Whitehaven Academy secondary school in Cumbria, in time for the start of the new school term in September and has recently handed over two schools in Cheshire – Hartford Church of England School in Northwich and Upton Primary School in Chester.