A £5 million contract to extend a Horsham school has been awarded to construction company Beard.
The project will see Tanbridge House School, in Farthings Hill, expand from eight to 10 forms, which will be able to accommodate up to 1,500 pupils aged 11 to 16.
Work started in April and is due to be completed by the time term begins in September 2016.
It will include the construction of a new two-storey science block with new labs and classrooms, a new, single-storey extension to the existing drama hall and a two-storey teaching block that will support learning in areas including Computing, English and Media Studies.
Beard will also extend the main hall and carry out additional refurbishments and alterations to other existing school buildings.
The development and expansion of the school’s facilities will accommodate an additional 300 students.
The new expansion will further improve the school’s specialism provision of science, Maths, ICT and extend further into Adult Education for the benefit of the community.
“We are delighted to be working with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and Tanbridge House School to deliver this exciting new development,” says Beard’s contracts manager Gareth Philips.
“WSCC are strong advocates of collaborative working and early contractor involvement to maximise value for money.
“Beard and our design team have developed the project from concept, through planning, detailed design and will continue through to construction which will involve working very closely with WSCC and the school to provide them with much needed new facilities for their expansion.
“The new teaching block will be located at the front of the existing school site, and we will incorporate a number of techniques and sequences to minimise the impact of construction activity on the school and local neighbourhood. The safety of pupils and staff, and the preservation of the environment of academic excellence is our priority.”
Beard is managing the pre-construction design development and planning application submission for the expansion project which was submitted in January.
Jules White, headteacher at Tanbridge House School, commented: “We are extremely excited about securing new investment into Tanbridge House School.
“In conjunction with Beard and West Sussex County Council everyone in our school community is keen to see the development of infrastructure which will enhance our excellent current provision.”
West Sussex County Council’s capital projects manager Geoff Tee says: “The school, the contractors and the county council have pulled together to plan this project so it minimises disruption to the school. We are pleased all working arrangements are now in place.”
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