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Development of Derbyshire sports facilities enters new phase

Davlyn Construction has just completed phase one of its work at Repton School, on a contract worth more than £6m

Posted by Julian Owen | November 13, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

South Derbyshire's Repton School is undergoing a major transformation of its sports facilities.

Derby-based Davlyn Construction has just completed phase one of its £6m contract, creating a new strength and conditioning gym, together with a state-of-the-art sports hall, designed by Matthew Montague Architects.

The new facility will be used for indoor hockey, netball, basketball and football, along with new squash courts, changing rooms, seating and sports storage area. The contract also included the demolition of the old 1960s squash courts.

Davlyn has now started on the second phase of works. This will see the existing Tanyard Building extended and refurbished, creating a new entrance, changing rooms, briefing room, link corridor, social area, viewing gallery and larger car park.

David Gaskin, Director at Davlyn Construction, said: “We’re really pleased to have delivered phase one of the project to a high standard and on time, and it’s fantastic to see the school and its students benefiting from it.

“Now we are very much focused on phase two and delivering that to an equally high standard. We have the constraints of working on a live site, and within a conservation area, but that is something we are very experienced in.

“We have worked with Repton School for over 14 years and have established a very good working relationship with them. We are proud to be part of their plans to deliver even better facilities for their students and staff.”

School Bursar, Carl Bilson, said: “The addition of a second sports hall has already made a huge difference for our pupils, and also for local clubs, including Derbyshire Spartans basketball. Much larger than most sports halls, it is particularly well suited to indoor hockey, netball and basketball, with seating for 250 spectators, a top quality sprung-wood floor, and walls and lighting designed to the highest Sport England specifications. 

“The facility includes two brand new glass-backed squash courts, which are already being put to good use by our pupils and the Repton Squash Club. The third element of this first phase, the strength and conditioning suite, is also a first class facility which complements and enhances the work being done by the school’s teaching and coaching staff, and also non-school users such as City of Derby Swimming.”

Work is due to be completed by August 2019.

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