Students step out of the classroom to mark the start of works by Wates Construction
Wates Construction has commenced construction on the first of two new school buildings for Langley Grammar in Slough, marking the milestone with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Students from the School Council stepped out of the classroom to join senior staff, Wates Construction and the Department for Education (DfE) on site as the contractor began work on the new 63,300 sq ft facilities, which are set to complete by July 2021.
Construction work will be delivered over three phases, commencing with the construction of a three-storey teaching block and provision of temporary accommodation for the schools dining facility, library and administration offices.
When this completes, the original school building will be demolished and the third phase will see the construction of a two-storey front-of-house building, providing the school with administration offices, dining room, hall, library, a small number of classrooms and a dance studio.
Wates Construction was appointed to deliver the project by the DfE as part of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP2) which is seeing school buildings across the country rebuilt or refurbished.
The school has also embarked on an expansion programme supported by Slough Borough Council, and the new buildings will include space for the additional 200 students that will have joined the school by the end of that programme.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Southern Home Counties said:
Were pleased to be starting the important task of building these long-awaited, new facilities for Langley Grammar School.
At Wates, we understand how learning environments have a direct impact upon the development of young people and attainment levels and we bring our appreciation to every stage of the process. We will be drawing on our vast experience as a trusted contractor for the education sector here in Slough to ensure the quality delivery of this new school building.
John Constable, Headteacher at Langley Grammar School, said:
It is fantastic to see work starting on our new buildings, which have been so long in the planning. The project will deliver first class facilities for our students for many years to come.
This is the biggest construction project in the schools history and will transform the site into an attractive campus environment. We have developed a strong and positive relationship with Wates during the design stage and look forward to that continuing as the new buildings take shape.