Construction of new school underway despite Covid-19

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Construction work for a new primary school, which will accommodate 210 students in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, has begun as local contractor Willmott Dixon starts work on-site

The £5.5m Holywell Spring Farm Primary School will provide much-needed schooling places for the expanding local community.

The school, which is located in Burton Road and is being built on behalf of Leicestershire County Council, has been designed specifically for the children of the new 450-home development currently being built within the catchment area.

The school will be within walking distance of the homes, helping to reduce carbon emissions in the area.

Willmott Dixon has a long-standing relationship with Leicestershire County Council and has been working with the local authority on construction projects for over 15 years.

Procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, a part of the Scape National Construction framework, the project has been designed by Kast Architects.

It has been confirmed that the new school will be managed by an academy and the council is already in the process of selecting the managing trust.

Progression despite Covid-19

Nick Heath, director of operations at Willmott Dixon said: “We are very excited to be continuing our longstanding relationship with Leicestershire County Council – this scheme will provide much-needed schooling places for the local community throughout Ashby de la Zouch’s period of rapid expansion.

“This project is the latest in a number of developments that Willmott Dixon, Leicestershire County Council and Scape have collaborated on, and we would like to thank all of those involved for their hard work and commitment in getting this project underway despite Covid-19.

“Our teams are experienced within the education industry and we are already on-site at three other schools in Leicestershire.

“As a business with offices and employees within the East Midlands, we are delighted to be continuing our role in the council’s School Place Planning Strategy and provide sought-after school places for local children.

“As with all our projects, we aim to leave a lasting legacy on the communities we work within and have therefore committed to investing 5% back into the local community during this development.

“Our teams will also be running initiatives that will support local people into employment and provide employability skills and training opportunities.

“Our on-site teams will also be partnering with local schools and colleges to promote careers in construction, as well as providing career guidance, workshops, site tours and mock interviews.”

It is anticipated that the school will be ready for its first intake of pupils at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

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