ISG awarded free school contract

ISG has won the contract to build Everton Football Club's £4.2m free school in Liverpool, near Goodison Park.

The scheme will see ISG redevelop a plot of land to provide a purpose-built property for the Everton Free School, which will also retain four satellite operations across Merseyside. In addition to refurbishing and reconfiguring an existing office building on site, ISG will construct two steel frame structures, with one becoming the main school building and the other a sports hall.

The two-storey school building will house a variety of teaching spaces and breakout areas, a gym, dance studio and multi-use sports and assembly hall, with associated changing facilities. The sports hall will become a joint school and community resource and will support a wide variety of sports, including badminton and five-a-side football, with funding supplied by the Big Lottery Fund.

Other ISG projects in Merseyside include the £50m Exhibition Centre Liverpool development, delivering a new exhibition centre and four star hotel at the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool waterfront site.

The Everton Free School is run by Everton Football Club. The school is government-funded and day-to-day activity is managed by the club's charity Everton in the Community.

Alan McCarthy-Wyper, managing director of ISG's construction business, said: "The Everton Free School has made a major impact on the lives and outcomes of its students since its foundation just two years ago. This project will enable the school to come together on one purpose-built site that brings direct benefits to the local community it serves."

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