Newcastle girls’ school gets a new look

Wates to deliver development of Newcastle High School for Girls

Wates Construction will deliver a £11 million contract for the Girls’ Day School Trust to remodel the school’s iconic Victorian buildings at Tankerville Terrace and construct a new 3,625 sq m three-storey school building. The development follows the merger of Central Newcastle High School and Church High School to create Newcastle High School for Girls. 

The new extension, designed by architects Ellis Williams, will include a multi-purpose assembly hall, dining room, fitness suite, state-of-the-art science labs and additional classroom spaces.

The project will also include landscaping of the whole site. Work is due to complete in summer 2016.

The work will see Wates grow its relationship with the Girls’ Day School Trust, which to date has included the £20m design and build of South Hampstead High School in London and Sheffield High School. 

Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North East and Yorkshire, commented: “Our appointment to redevelop Newcastle High School for Girls is a significant landmark in our growth plans for the business and reflects our excellent reputation in the education sector. 

“Wates has delivered over 40,000 school places in the past three years, which has given us a wealth of experience in addressing the individual curriculum needs of each school whilst ensuring that minimal disruption is caused during construction.” 

Hilary French, Headmistress at Newcastle High School for Girls GDST, added: “The merger of Central Newcastle High School and Church High School for Girls has provided the opportunity to create a superb new senior school for Newcastle High School for Girls. The development of the previous Church High site at Tankerville Terrace will enable us to create the very best learning environment for girls and support our vision for girls’ education in the 21st century.  We were impressed by Wates’ professionalism and their track record of success on other GDST projects and are looking forward to working with them.”


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