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L-R: Peter Spoors (T Manners), Neil Turner (Howarth Litchfield Partnership) and Gill Hewlett (Headteacher)

Contractor appointed for Tynemouth academy

A contractor has been appointed to undertake significant building works at the Kings Priory School in Tynemouth village

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 25, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

Kings Priory School, which provides all-through education for pupils aged four to 18 years, is sponsored by the Woodard Academies Trust.

The £4 million contract, for its primary school building in Percy Park Road and its middle and senior schools in Huntington Place, was awarded to building contractor, T Manners of Bishop Auckland, after competitive tender. 

Architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership of Durham designed the new facilities, managed the necessary planning application and are now retained to ensure that the construction phase runs smoothly. 

Work began on the sixth form building and middle school on 1 June and will be completed before the end of the year, which will ensure that students have the best learning environment. Facilities will include a new coffee shop, Learning Resource Centre, careers suite, sixth form lounge and work areas, as well as seminar rooms to facilitate collaborative learning plus new lighting and wi-fi access. Disability access is also to be created with internal lifts and a new external staircase to complement the existing staircases. 

Principal Gill Hewlett is pleased that the construction work is now underway: “These building works form part of cross-site improvements to ensure we provide the best environment and facilities for students.

“We have already created vast improvements to our First School site, including a brand new, state-of-the-art building and facilities for pupils entering Reception.  This creates a wonderful opportunity for pupils starting school life.” 

T Manners, which is one of the region's longest established family-owned construction companies, is a specialist in the education field with many education sector projects in its portfolio. Alan Crawford, commercial director of T Manners, commented: 'We are delighted to have been awarded a second contract which provides us with a further opportunity to build on our earlier success and involvement in the development of Phase 1. It also provides the school with continuity which will ensure smooth delivery of the scheme.”  

Neil Turner, director of Howarth Litchfield Partnership and project architect for Kings Priory School, said: 'The success of this project is down to the hard work and collaborative approach of our design team, assisted by the local authority’s planning department and the listed building officer on the scheme. Once complete, the scheme will be a fine example of the innovative use of a listed building, whilst respecting its heritage, to create a new modern Sixth Form Centre and Middle School, and I’m proud to be part of that journey.“ 

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