June 2014 Update - New Build moves a step closer
More than 12 months have passed since we were informed that Phoenix was to be part of the government's Priority Schools Building Programme. A lot has been happening since then, as we move towards occupying our new school in September 2017.
In recent months surveyors Mott McDonald has undertaken an extensive land condition survey, and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) has recently held a Bidders’ Day event to engage all potential building contractors. There were 119 attendees with representatives from eleven main contractors as well as a number of attendees from sub-contractors. In May three bidders were shortlisted: BAM, Carillion/Equitix and Interserve/Kajima.; each are now in the process of undertaking site visits to all eight schools in the batch.
We have attended many hours of meeting with the EFA to ensure that the new school reflects the needs of the community it serves, and we are seeking additional funding from external organisations to enhance the school beyond its basic design. The draft proposal is that L block will be completely refurbished to a standard that brings it in line with modern building specifications. A new four storey ‘super block’ will be built; located close to L block on the site of the current tennis courts; the sports hall changing facilities will be demolished and two activity studios, a classroom and new changing rooms built in its place. The sports hall will also be completely refurbished.
The new school will sit further on the site away from the road and all existing buildings not mentioned above will be demolished and the area landscaped.
We are about to re-engage the staff and students in order to revisit the School Specific Design Brief so we make the best of this once in a life time opportunity.
I will keep you up-dated as the project develops.
Assistant Head teacher