Edgar Wood Academy - Wates

Edgar Wood Academy

Project overview

Edgar Wood Academy is the very first school in the country to be procured via the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) 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. The new £17m secondary school will serve the local communities of Heywood, Middleton, Birch and Langley in Rochdale and will be operated by the Altus Education Partnership (Altus), a multi academy trust.

The contract was signed in early May 2021, and Wates Construction were on site by mid-May 2021.  The project will harness the latest Adapt 3.0 principles for a component-based approach, ensuring consistency, compliance whilst achieving 70% pre-manufactured value or PMV. Adapt 3.0 builds on Wates’ experience of having delivered more than 50 schools using this standardised approach, where improved design and delivery efficiency has been clearly visible.

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Designed by architectural practice, Sheppard Robson, the 900-pupil school for 11 to 16-year-olds, which has a footprint of 6,720 sqm, 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.

The academy 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.

Wates Construction was also appointed to provide the temporary accommodation to house The Edgar Wood Academy’s first 120 Year 7 students when they arrived in September 2021.

Marcin Kojder, headteacher designate, said:

As a headteacher, I have been incredibly fortunate to work with a team who will listen and provide expert and reasoned advice. Furthermore, Wates Construction have paid particular attention to the school’s vision and how the building can help to achieve it. As the school has developed, time has been set aside for additional meetings, just so that we can get the school exactly how we want it. I would like to thank everyone involved with the project for their enthusiasm and dedication towards creating a fantastic school for our children

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