£10m package of three new Devon schools underway

Contractors from BAM Construction are now on site to begin a £3.5 million construction value scheme to replace the current outdated buildings at Ladysmith Junior School in Exeter with a modern design with facilities fit for 21st century learning.

Once the new build has been completed, the old buildings will be demolished and the whole area landscaped with environmentally-friendly grounds.  The new accommodation will provide 12 classrooms with a spacious hall, library, music and dance studio, ICT room and a kitchen to cook school meals on site.  The facilities have also been designed to accommodate community use.

The scheme, along with two others in Tiverton and South Molton, comes under the Government’s £4.4 billion Priority School Building Programme.  Clarkebond was selected by BAM to provide a range of services for the schools including civil, structural and, ground engineering, flood risk assessments and drainage strategies.   

“The design team has worked collaboratively and really gone the extra mile to satisfy the educational brief within the budget.  Everyone was determined to find a way to make them work,” comments Neil Marks, Commercial Director, Clarkebond.

The schools are begin delivered by the Education Funding Authority under the Priority School Building Programme which has demanding design and construction requirements that need to be achieved within a very tight budget.

South Molton United Church of England Primary School (pictured), has also just started on site.  The £2.5m scheme is a brand new school being built on a greenfield site to the west of South Molton to serve planned future expansion of the town.  The school will have 10 classrooms and all the same facilities as the Ladysmith Junior School.

The third school, The Castle School, Tiverton, has just received planning approval. This £3.8m scheme is the largest of the three with 18 classrooms and is likely to start on site in the autumn.  The new development will be built in the playground of the existing school so that the school can remain open during construction.  Once completed, the old buildings will then be demolished and a new playground will be created.

Architects: Grainge Architects
Main Contractors: BAM
Engineers: Clarkebond