Since its establishment in 2012, Corby Technical School (CTS) has catered for students specialising in subjects such as engineering, electronics and computer programming and has served as an exemplar of the government’s free school programme.
In order to serve the increasing demand for places at the school, Wates Construction was appointed by Northamptonshire County Council to expand the existing school footprint, with the aim of doubling the school’s size.
Wates was tasked with undertaking this ambitious brief without interrupting the school’s daily activities, while also factoring in an unusually early start to the 2017/18 school year.
The project’s procurement through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) framework, managed by Scape, allowed Wates to expedite the start on site, with a gap of only 20 weeks between initial client engagement and construction work beginning at the school.
Once on site, Wates accelerated aspects of the project to accommodate the school term’s early August start. This saw the site team, including staff from GSS Architects and Pick Everard, adopting a flexible working strategy to minimise disruption to staff and students.
- 150 Increase in student capacity
- 3,308 Sqm expansion
- 27 New rooms
• The school was handed over in a phased delivery, enabling students to access key areas of the new building at the start of the academic year, while the final stages of construction completed.
• Wates’ accelerated programme ultimately enabled a successful early handover to Northamptonshire County Council in October, removing three weeks from the build programme.
• The build has enabled the school to double its Year 7 intake to 150 students.
• The 3,308 square metre expansion includes 20 new classrooms, a drama studio, lecture theatre, a media studies and music department as well as a new sixth form space and offices.
• The school’s car park has been expanded and existing classrooms have also been renovated.
• Other additions include the installation of photovoltaic panels on the school’s roof, and other energy efficient lighting and heating systems.