Construction of the main block for the new Murray Park School in Mickleover has completed ahead of schedule. While overall completion is due on 5 September, Wates Construction has handed over the main block early, which will enable teachers to access the building during the summer holidays, in preparation for the next academic year.
Murray Park School’s brand-new building will feature a new reception area, 15 classrooms as well as modern office space and is situated in front of the existing school building. This is also undergoing a refurbishment programme comprising new kitchen areas and a reconfiguration of classroom space.
Designed by Lungfish Architects, the expansion project will modernise the school’s facilities and is expected to increase pupil capacity from 1,100 to 1,650.
The project recently received acknowledgement for extremely high standards in considerate construction, its positive contribution to the environment and efforts to engage with the local community.
Receiving a glowing report from independent industry organisation, the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), the project was praised by site inspectors for ‘exceeding high expectations’.
Contractor Wates Construction has been heralded by the CCS for its innovative activities on site, such as the implementation of a Zen Garden, featuring external seating, planting and bird feeders to provide quiet space for site operatives. The creation of a ‘doggie station’ equipped with free waste bags and fresh water bowls for the use of passing walkers was also praised.
The CCS scheme serves to improve the image of construction and the impact that building sites have on surrounding communities. Across a number of criteria, Wates scored 9 out of 10, equating to an ‘exceptional’ CCS standard, with the site team described as caring and professional and ‘well worthy of these high scores’.
Nicola Caley, Headteacher at Murray Park School, commented:
“We are thrilled with the quality of Wates’ work and are looking forward to moving into the building which students have named Maple Park Centre. Our students are excited about the prospect of experiencing learning in an inspiring environment with the latest technology. From the design through to the build, the project has run smoothly and we would like to express our appreciation to the team for their professional and top class work.”
John Carlin, Regional Managing Director, Wates Construction Midlands, said:
“I’m delighted that we have been able to complete this section of the building early, as I know this will give the Murray Park teachers an invaluable head start when they walk into their brand new facilities next year.
It is also immensely gratifying when our commitment to considerate construction is recognised as much as the quality of our work itself. We’re proud to be applying our education expertise on such an important project here at Murray Park, and take our role in the redevelopment of the region’s schools very seriously. We know just how influential learning environments can be and the potential impact they have on the attainment of our young people.”
The project was procured through the empa framework, superseded by the Scape Regional Construction framework. Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, commented:
“Being part of a Scape framework requires strong levels of client and local community collaboration. Receiving a score of 9 out of 10 from the Considerate Contractor Scheme, Wates have demonstrated that they are not only meeting these requirements but exceeding them.
The early delivery of Murray Park School perfectly demonstrates the diversity of the skills available at Scape and how they work seamlessly together. The commitment to collaboration between the teams at the school, Wates and our in-house architectural practice Lungfish, have been pivotal to delivering this world class learning environment.”
Simon Reid, Lungfish Architects managing director commented:
“By working collaboratively with Murray Park School, Wates and utilising our expertise in designing schools, we have been able to create innovative, engaging spaces that will enhance the learning experience for the pupils.
The new building marks an exciting new chapter for the school, will bring a contemporary focal point to the school and has been designed to engage and excite the pupils, staff and the local community of Mickleover.”