Nursery pupils at Eversfield Preparatory School in Solihull recently donned hard hats and high-visibility safety gear for a ‘sneak preview’ of the Prep School’s soon-to-be-completed leading-edge new sports and performing arts facilities.
Construction firm Stepnell, which is building the new Eversfield Sports and Performing Arts Centre, took pupils aged three and four on supervised tours of the £2 million project, known as the ESPACe.
Stepnell is currently putting the finishing touches to the centre, comprising a multi-purpose school hall and swimming pool, which is on schedule for completion in July.
Stepnell site manager, Kevin Hudson, says: “The nursery children, who are based in the neighbouring Early Years building, have been fascinated by the project. They’ve loved seeing the construction equipment in action and watching the development take shape. It’s been great to see them taking such an interest and, now we are nearing completion, we organised the tours for small groups of nursery pupils to show them round the facilities and give them the chance to ask questions. They were particularly impressed with how much bigger the new hall is than their old assembly hall!”
The new hall will treble the Prep School’s indoor sports space, with facilities for badminton, mini tennis, mini basketball, indoor hockey, cricket and many other sports. The building will also be used for large assemblies and drama performances. In addition, the project has replaced the Prep School’s former outdoor swimming pool with a brand new indoor pool. The new centre includes a foyer, office and reception area linking the hall and indoor pool to the existing sports changing rooms.