£11 million arts and sports facility for West London school
Construction group Interserve has been awarded an £11 million contract to build a new arts and sports facility at Notting Hill & Ealing High School (NHEHS), West London.
The project includes the construction of a five-storey extension and one of the storeys will be in a basement below ground level, reports Construction Enquirer. A sports hall, flexible performance space, drama studio and dance hall will be all housed in the new facility.
The building is set to be clad with “full-storey-height” planer glazing and brickwork; whilst the second floor dance hall will feature metal cladding. Interserve also plans to connect the existing school building to the new facility via a first-floor link bridge.
Work will get underway this month, starting with the demolition of a former gymnasium and assembly hall. Following this, basement extraction work can begin. The facility is scheduled to be completed in November 2012.
Commenting on the build, John O’Neill, area manager for Interserve, said:
“Interserve will create a modern, 21st century learning environment, while allowing the existing school to operate as normal. During the construction phase, we are planning curriculum activities with NHEHS students, such as art and design competitions, and creation of a project blog.”
He added, in an Interserve.com statement, that Interserve has a “strong track record” in the education sector. The firm says that it will be working closely with NHEHS to “deliver a facility that more than matches their aspirations.”