Work is about to begin on a £4.4 million expansion of a Hull secondary school following an increase in demand for places.
Kingswood Secondary Academy in Wawne Road, Bransholme, opened in January 2013 under Hull’s Building School’s for the Future (BSF) programme.
It was initially built to accommodate 1,350 students aged 11 to 16. But now, as the demand for places grows at this high performing and heavily oversubscribed school, a three-storey extension will be built on land to the rear of the existing school, creating a further 150 places for students.
The standalone building will include 12 new classrooms, two offices, a new dining area and servery including indoor and outdoor seating, toilets and plant rooms.
A further 72 parking spaces will also be created for cars, electric vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles.
The project is being delivered by Hull Esteem Consortium LEP as part of Hull City Council’s Pupil Place Planning project and work will begin towards the end of July.
Sewell Construction has been appointed to carry out the work, with completion expected in spring 2022, and the school will remain fully operational throughout the project.
Kingswood Academy is sponsored by Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), established in 2008 by the Greensward Charitable Trust, and now has a national presence educating more than 33,000 children across primary, secondary and special sectors.
Hull Esteem is the local authority’s pre-procured framework that has led the delivery of more than £400 million of new and improved education facilities across the city through the BSF programme, along with culture and leisure regeneration projects, including Hull New Theatre, the Ferens Art Gallery and Beverley Road Baths.
Through Hull Esteem, the council has a loyal, local supply chain with a demonstrable track record of delivering both capital projects and operational support services.
Gavin Barley, general manager of Hull Esteem, said: “It’s fantastic to revisit one of our original projects and provide further expansion.
“Kingswood Academy is one of the highest performing academies in the country and recently secured World Class Schools status. Demand for places is therefore great as a result.
“We’re really proud to once again use our local and trusted supply chain partners to develop and deliver this project, which will benefit the school and its students and staff for many years to come.”
Councillor Shane McMurray, portfolio holder for children’s services, said: “I’m delighted this scheme is now under way, and it follows several other school expansion schemes across Hull, to increase capacity, choice and provide quality provision for pupils in the city.
“We want to provide the best education possible in the best learning environments possible, and this is why we are investing around £50 million in the city’s schools.”