Esh Build completes expansion work on pupil referral unit in Wakefield

Esh Construction completes a pupil referral unit refurbishment in Wakefield for Metropolitan District Council Crofton which will provide more space and better facilities for 11-18-year-olds.

The £1.2m project, which was secured by the YORbuild framework, will help Springfield School provide enhanced teaching space and workshop facilities for students that have challenging experiences in mainstream education.

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council commissioned the scheme to aid the school in helping students gain qualifications and practical experience best preparing them for adulthood.

Tara Fawdington, Senior Officer – Schools Organisation, Capital Development & Early Years – Wakefield Council, and Will Carpenter, Executive Head Teacher of the Springfield PRU said: “We are extremely pleased with the work carried out by the team at Esh Build. They ensured that the construction work was completed with minimal disruption to staff and pupils and we are very happy that we now have facilities to help improve the quality of our teaching and learning.”

Esh’s social value team worked with the adjoining school local residents during the scheme to deliver STEM sessions, organise work experience placements and site safety talks for students while the works were ongoing.

This is the latest education schemes completed by Esh Construction in the region. Others include a £1.1m two-storey classroom extension and remodelling of a hard play area for Horbury St Peter’s School in Wakefield and a £1m classroom refurbishment for St Wilfrid’s School in Pontefract.

Projects like this are crucial to providing the correct facilities for young people. Our client identified a need for a larger space and modernised facilities to provide a fit for purpose learning environment. Due to the efforts of our delivery team the scheme was delivered 3-weeks ahead of schedule.”

Stuart Leslie, divisional director at Esh Build