£4.5m refurbishment of Leeds Primary School finished ahead of schedule

The extensive refurbishment of a Leeds primary school has completed two weeks ahead of schedule, adding an additional 200 pupil places to the Lidgett Lane school.

The work on Gledhow Primary School was undertaken by Wates Construction on behalf of Leeds City Council and was designed by architect Halliday Clark. The new look school can now accommodate 705 students, up from its previous capacity of 495.

A large part of the work took place during the 2016 summer break, during which the project team renovated parts of the school’s interior ahead of the new school term in September.

Work undertaken within the school building included construction of a new extension for the reception classroom, internal refurbishment of halls, offices, kitchen, toilets, and a new extension for teaching spaces across two floors.

The external landscaping included the development of hard surface play areas, climbing and outdoor activity spaces, soft landscaping and planting. A raised walkway linking the nursery and reception play areas to the main school has also been added, which will result in better ease of access for parents and guardians when dropping off or collecting children.

The refurbishments also include improved and expanded car park and bike storage areas. The completion of these external elements marked the £4.5m project’s completion.


Both staff and children at Gledhow are delighted with our new build which expands the school’s capacity. We are especially grateful to Wates for the quality workmanship and professionalism of their team and for the way they have collaborated with us to meet the school’s needs as the project has developed.”


Mark Trudgill, Gledhow’s Head Teacher

I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this excellent project for reaching completion ahead of schedule. Our site manager Gary Coulton and his team worked tirelessly to ensure all the works were completed on time and to a high standard. The project team and the school developed wonderful relationships from the outset and the end result is a credit to all involved. The redeveloped school is an asset to the community and will be an excellent place for the children of Leeds to learn.”


Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction, Yorkshire and the North East