Valuable school prize awarded to Speller

The £11m second phase of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation Project has been handed to Speller Metcalfe

Warwick Independent Schools Foundation has awarded Speller Metcalfe the second phase of their Project One Campus scheme.

The contractor is already working on the £18.2m first phase of the project, which includes the construction of a new-build Sixth Form centre and the relocation of King’s High for Girls from the town centre to join the foundation’s other schools at the Myton Road campus. The masterplan for the new campus has been developed by Nicholas Hare Architects.

The second phase of the project is a further £11.125m contract to build a high tech music school and an extension to the site’s existing sports centre. The new two-storey sports and technology centre has been designed to wrap around the existing Bridge Sports Centre and – alongside a new 3G rugby pitch, five netball courts and six tennis courts – will offer extended and improved sports facilities for the school. The building will also provide studio and workshop space for design and technology, food technology and art.

“The decision to award Speller Metcalfe the contract for Project One Campus Phase 2 is a testament to how pleased we have been with their delivery to date of Phase 1.”

The school’s performing arts provision will also be enhanced with the construction of a state-of-the-art music building, featuring a performance hall with space for a full 60-piece orchestra, seating for 140 audience members and a wing of specialist teaching spaces.

Speller Metcalfe Regional Director, Mark Hudgeon, said: “We have been on site at Warwick Independent Schools Foundation for just over 12 months now, and are delighted to have secured the second phase of works which will see Speller Metcalfe take the project through to completion in 2020.”

WISF’s Foundation Secretary, Simon Jones, added: “The decision to award Speller Metcalfe the contract for Project One Campus Phase 2 is a testament to how pleased we have been with their delivery to date of Phase 1. They have proven themselves professional, accommodating and flexible in handling the inevitable challenges during the roll out of such a major project; not least the discovery of archaeological remains, resulting in the project schedule having to be adjusted to mitigate the delay.”