Teachers and students at The Brakenhale School are knuckling down for the new academic year as building work also ramps up to bring the construction project to a close by the end of 2019.
Wates Construction has been on site at the Bracknell school since March 2018 following its appointment by the Department for Education to construct a new school building for the academy. The new building will feature vastly improved facilities and provide enhanced teaching environments for science and technology subjects.
The academy school, situated on the southern side of Bracknell, caters for 1,290 local students. Opened in 1958 as Borough Green City Secondary School, Brakenhale is today an 11-19 mixed comprehensive school.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction Southern Home Counties, commented:
We are proud to be responsible for helping this thriving, rapidly expanding school to evolve into a fit-for-purpose 21st century learning environment. Since the school closed for the summer, we have been accelerating works and are on track to hand over the new building soon.
Our team has extensive expertise and experience in the delivery of innovative spaces for learning and development. We are confident that these new facilities will make a significant impact upon the social and intellectual development of the young people they have been designed to serve.
Head teacher at The Brakenhale School, Jane Coley commented:
We are delighted with the progress of the building project and incredibly excited about the big move over.
Wates was appointed to the project through Phase 2 of the Department for Educations Priority School Building Programme (PSBP2) which was designed to rebuild or refurbish those school buildings in the country most in need of an upgrade. The new building at Brakenhale is the first of four projects that Wates Construction will deliver across the Thames Valley region.