Local people benefited from employment and skills training
Apprentices were employed
Students were supported by our education activities and programmes
Manor Drive School in Peterborough accommodates pupils from Nursery age through to Secondary school.
Handed over in September 2022, the works included the construction of the new build school alongside external works consisting of Sport England grade natural turf pitches, a 4G pitch, a multi-use games area, a landscaped courtyard with extensive tree planting, grassed areas, and seating and social spaces. Alongside the school are sufficient bicycle spaces and car parking with accessible spaces for pupils, visitors and staff.
The project is part of a wider redevelopment of the area and required us to work together with other contractors who were providing new housing and infrastructure.
446 primary pupils, 900 secondary pupils, and 26 nursery places with new teaching and support areas.
A main requirement was ensuring the local community could benefit from the new sports facilities and access the school out of hours. The layout had to allow for separate access to the building to accommodate this. The design was developed in collaboration with Peterborough City Council, the Four C’s Academy Trust, which was created to improve the standards of education for students in the borough, and the Department for Education (DfE).
Early works involved constructing a new access road, securing the site, diverting overhead cables, and installing a new substation. There was also a significant amount of fly-tipping waste that had to be cleared before works could begin. To improve the biodiversity of the site and provide privacy for the pupils, 600 trees were planted to screen the school.
The project utilised prefabricated corridor service modules to remove around 8000 person-hours from site using our offsite manufacturing facility Prism improving quality, installation time and reducing carbon emissions.
Making an impact
The ‘Bridge the Gap’ initiative was trialled on this project, connecting individuals in the last 24 months of their prison sentence to work in the community.
Following a strict vetting process, a female offender from HMP Peterborough with six months left of her sentence was selected to work as a welfare labourer on our site. The team supported her to gain her CSCS card and develop her skills and understanding of the industry. She was later promoted to Logistics Supervisor and was the first female to be placed with Wates through the scheme.
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