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Northamptonshire school opens new doors after early handover

The £6.8m extension of Corby Technical School has been officially opened following a successful completion by Wates Construction

Posted by Julian Owen | December 19, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

A project to extend Corby Technical School has doubled the size of the oversubscribed school, and includes 20 new classrooms, a drama studio, lecture theatre, media studies and music department, sixth form space and offices. Internal renovations to existing classrooms and facilities have also been carried out as well as landscaping to the school’s external areas. 

The project was procured through the empa framework, managed by Scape Group, a public sector organisation “dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment”. This enabled Wates to speed up the process, with building work starting on site only 20 weeks after initial client engagement. 

Work was also accelerated in several areas, which reduced the build programme by three weeks and accommodated an early start in time for the school term in August 2017. Meanwhile, flexible working hours were adopted by the site team to minimise disruption to staff, students and the wider community.  

Wates Construction was appointed by Northamptonshire County Council in 2016 to build the extension for the Brooke Weston Trust, with the project overseen by independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy, Pick Everard, and designed by GSS Architecture.   

Over the course of the project, Wates held various engagement activities and training opportunities. These included hosting two work experience placements on site and supporting 31 students from Tresham College by holding mock interviews and a construction careers event.  

John Carlin, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction, said: "The resounding success of this extension for Corby Technical School is testament to the efficient and effective procurement process offered by the empa framework. This facilitated the speed at which we were able to start work on site, the minimal disruption afforded to staff and students through our flexible building programme, the social and economic benefits offered to the community, and the expertise we brought to the project as a trusted contractor in the education sector. It was a privilege to work in partnership with the Brooke Weston Trust and Pick Everard to create this exceptional learning environment for the Corby Technical School community.”  

Dr Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive of the Brooke Weston Trust, said: “This expansion would not have been possible without the funding and support of Northamptonshire County Council who recognised the need for extra school places in Corby. I would like to thank them, along with Wates, who project managed the scheme, as well as the teams from GSS Architects, Pick Everard and Scape Procure. Everyone involved worked tirelessly on this extension that will enhance the education and life chances of Corby students.” 

CTS’s Principal Angela Reynolds said: “This fantastic extension blends seamlessly with our existing building and has enabled us to expand our numbers of students and our range of courses, as well as housing a dedicated space for our new Sixth Form. On behalf of the staff and students, I would like to thank all those involved in delivering such bright, modern and well equipped accommodation without disrupting the day to day running of the school.”

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