Schools’ £116m revamp ends

SHEFFIELD schools have entered a new era with the formal completion of projects to rebuild seven secondaries at a total cost of £116m.

Vinci Construction UK handed back the seven schools in one week at the end of a four year programme under the Government’s Building Schools for the Future initiative.

Work over two years at King Edward VII School at a cost of £18m has created a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centre and a Learning Support Unit.

The second phase of the £8.6m redevelopment of Notre Dame High - a refurbishment of the 1930s block - was completed four weeks ahead of schedule.

The third phase of a £18m revamp of Stocksbridge High, including a new sports hall, and the first phase of a £14m upgrade of Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, including a new two storey teaching block, have been completed.

Vinci handed over the second phase of a £22m remodelling of The City School, and the third phase of an £18m redevelopment of Parkwood Academy, including new sports facilities.

One of the last contracts under Sheffield’s Building Schools for the Future sees the handing over of the new Birley Community College at a cost of £17.5m.

Keith Shivers, Vinci regional director, said: “We have worked extremely closely with Sheffield City Council and the schools to ensure the projects are executed to the highest standard and now completed, we are confident that the schools will provide Sheffield with the next level of education.”

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children and young people, said students were going back to school in “a fresher, improved educational environment which offers the best facilities to support them in their learning”.