• Client:
    Cumbria County Council
  • Location:
    Ulverston
  • Contract Value:
    £4,100,000

Victoria High School, Ulverston

This Design and Construction contract involved the construction of an extension and the completion of internal alterations to provide a library, sixth form study area, offices and suite of special learning rooms, new main entrance and the construction of a new glazed link corridor.

The school caters for 1,200 students across the secondary school and sixth form but the school population is perpetually growing. Ulverston Victoria High School comprises a mixture of buildings dating from the 1930s and 1990s. The project involved the construction of a new build extension and the internal alteration and refurbishment of technology rooms, the sixth form common room, science labs and changes to the main school building. The extension also provided two new mathematics classrooms, a new engagement centre and an extension to the library and the creation of new learning support facilities on the ground floor.

The design work was carried out by the IBI Group, appointed following the successful recent delivery of the £20m redevelopment of Trinity School in Carlisle.

The new extension was designed to complement to existing buildings but has a contemporary approach as it provides flexible teaching spaces which continuously meets the requirements of a changing curriculum.

The new building has been constructed adjacent the existing library, separated with a glazed circulation hall at both floor. This two storey entrance space provides a light and airy space which is ideal for displaying students work.

Creating and maintaining flexibility and adaptability were key objectives in the design of the new building. This ensures that different formats and layouts can be created in the future without the need of major structural alterations or disruption to school activity. The alterations to the school ensure that it is fully accessible and provides flexible accommodation to improve facilities and meet future needs.

The construction programme was carefully integrated into the schools calendar and very carefully managed and monitored as we had a final handover deadline of September 2015 when the students would be returning. Any slippage in this programme would severely impact the return of the students and therefore wasn’t an option.

Added Value

‘Building My Skills’ helps students develop employability skills and job market awareness and, through structured sessions which are timetabled by each school into the curriculum, promotes a range of job roles in different sectors, at no cost to schools, clients or local authorities.

Ulverston Victoria High School is taking part in the current Building My Skills programme which, in Cumbria, is being supported by WYG (formally White Young Green), GSK, Siemens, Wax Lyrical, The North-West Evening Mail, the NHS and Esh Border Construction itself.

This new building and major refurbishment will have a significant and beneficial impact on our students’ experience. This is a very exciting development for our school - this new building and major refurbishment will have a significant and beneficial impact on our students’ experience. We believe the whole atmosphere of the school will be transformed for staff and students alike who will be able to enjoy and benefit from excellent new spaces which have been designed to provide great places for learning.

- Denis Fay, Head Teacher at Ulverston Victoria High School

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