Wates Construction begins construction of secondary school in Manchester, UK

WCN Editorial Team 5 Jul 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction company Wates Construction has commenced construction of a new £17m secondary school in Middleton, Greater Manchester, the UK.

The new school, named Edgar Wood Academy, will have capacity to house 900 students and is designed British architecture firm Sheppard Robson.

It is first of six projects on the site for which the construction company is undertaking since its appointment to the Department for Education’s modern methods of construction (MMC) framework in January last year.

The secondary school will comprise a three-storey teaching facility, featuring 34 specialist classrooms, 23 general classrooms, sports pitches, a sports hall, soft and hard play areas, drop off areas and car parking.

Construction work on the Edgar Wood Academy is anticipated to be completed in time for the beginning of the school year in September 2022.

Upon completion, the school will be operated by multi academy trust Altus Education Partnership (Altus).

Wates Construction North West regional director Dave Saville said: “We are using our Prism off-site manufacturing facility, which offers many advantages, including substantially reducing waste on site and lowering the carbon footprint of both our construction activities and the operational use of the buildings.”

Simultaneously, the company is constructing a temporary accommodation on a site near Hopwood Hall College.

This facility will house Edgar Wood Academy’s first 120 year seven students when they arrive in September this year.

Meanwhile, the 900-pupil Whitehaven Academy secondary school in Cumbria, which is being constructed by Wates Construction, is near completion and will be available for the start of the new school term in September.

Recently, the construction company also delivered more than two schools in Cheshire – Hartford Church of England School in Northwich and Upton Primary School in Chester.


Wates Construction starts construction on £17m secondary school in Manchester. Credit: Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay.

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