£10m modular extension & refurbishment gets underway at Loughborough school

by Liam Turner
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Work has got underway on a modular extension and refurbishment at a school in Shepshed, Loughborough, in an effort to accommodate recent housing growth in the area.

Procured through the SCAPE Major Works Framework, the project is being funded by Leicestershire County Council and designed by CPMG Architects.

Willmott Dixon is taking care of the overall construction.

The works will turn the existing Iveshead Secondary School together into a single building, while relocating St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School to the former Shepshed High School building.

Iveshead Secondary School stands to benefit from a full refurbishment, six-classroom extension, the creation of a school foyer entrance, outdoor canopy and hard play areas, staff and student cycle spaces, new and enhanced pathways, and external landscaping.

The former Shepshed High School building will be refurbished to make its facilities suitable for younger pupils; while the existing St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School will be demolished.

Willmott Dixon has pledged to deliver the equivalent of £490,000 social return on investment back into the local community through careers enrichment programmes, site visits, employability workshops, and work experience for local students.

‘Transformational’

Commenting on the development, Nick Heath, director of Delivery at Willmott Dixon, said: “We’ve worked closely with the council over the past 20 years on its school building programme, and we are pleased to be working with the team again on this transformational scheme for the local community.

“Leaving a legacy in the communities we work in is incredibly important to Willmott Dixon, so helping to facilitate high-quality learning for current and future generations across the region is something we’re very proud of.”

Mark Robinson, group chief executive at SCAPE, added: “The need for future generations to have access to outstanding educational environments has never been more pressing.

“Leicestershire County Council, with the support of Willmott Dixon, are leading this charge by delivering additional classroom spaces and state-of-the-art facilities at Iveshed Secondary School.

“At SCAPE, we are proud to play our part in accelerating the delivery of these important upgrades and help to create engaging spaces that will give the children a lifelong passion for learning.”

The project is due to complete in early 2022.

Image credit: Richard P Long/Shutterstock


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