Bamber Bridge-based contractor Eric Wright has started work to deliver a 23,000 sq ft extension at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale.
The contractor has been appointed through the Education & Skills Funding Agency framework and has started on a 54-week construction programme including a two-storey, 23,300 sq ft building on the site of the school’s tennis courts.
This includes teaching spaces featuring a 1,500 sq ft drama and lecture theatre, kitchens for pupil use, IT hubs, around 1,200 sq ft of flexible learning space, art rooms, an engineering suite, and digital media studios.
The facilities, due to open in time for the 2019/2020 academic year, will offer employer-focused education courses for 300 pupils aged between 14 and 19 years old.
Designed by JM Architects, the project secured planning permission in April 2018.
John Wilson, managing director, Eric Wright Construction said: “Queen Elizabeth Studio School is an impressive, multi-functioning facility which will be invaluable to the Kirkby Lonsdale community. As a company we are passionate about providing opportunities for young people and the practical learning environment the school will offer is similar to the partnership we have established at Preston College’s with the Eric Wright Learning Foundation, which offers students a hands-on approach in a real work environment.”
“We have delivered a number of new build schemes through the ESFA Regional Framework including Burnley High School, Christ Church C of E Primary School at Ellesmere Port and Khalsa Science Academy in Leeds and look forward to building on our successful working relationship with the delivery of this scheme.”