After completing a land sale to fund its new campus in the summer, King’s Macclesfield and contractor Vinci have started work on the £60m school at an 80-acre site outside Prestbury.
The campus, being built on a plot off Derby Fields, will feature primary and secondary schools alongside sports facilities, including a 25m swimming pool, indoor courts, football and hockey pitches, tennis courts, fitness suite, and café.
Vinci has kicked off earthworks at the site, which are due to complete in January 2019; the steel frames for the buildings will complete next May, with the project due to hand over in May 2020, ahead of opening in time for the 2020/21 academic year, starting in September.
There will be two access points from Alderley Road, which will also be widened; the campus also features drop-off zones and 350 car parking spaces, and the school is also exploring offering a minibus shuttle service from Macclesfield and Prestbury train stations to its new site.
To fund the campus, King’s Macclesfield has disposed of a number of its sites to four developers: Homes England, McCarthy & Stone, Bellway, and Hillcrest Homes.
The school’s main site on the approach to the town centre from Macclesfield District General Hospital comprises the grade-two listed main school building, erected in the 19th century, and other school buildings dating from the 20th century.
This has been sold to three developers. Hillcrest Homes will be developing the historic buildings into apartments; Bellway Homes has acquired the sports and playing fields along Westminster Road for housing; and McCarthy & Stone is looking to build retirement living homes on Coare Street.
A further site at Fence Avenue has been sold to Homes England; together, all four developers could deliver up to 450 homes across Macclesfield.
King’s Macclesfield has been advised by Savills and Pick Everard on the project.
King’s headmaster Simon Hyde said: “We are keen to ensure that our legacy is a positive one both for the school and Macclesfield in general. The development of a mix of sustainable housing close to the town centre will hopefully continue both to bolster the attractiveness of Macclesfield as a place to live and to support the many excellent new shops and businesses currently taking root.”