GB Building Solutions has been awarded a £14m contract for the construction of a new teaching block incorporating a sixth form facility for Manchester all-girls’ school Whalley Range High School.
The contract was awarded by Manchester City Council through its Framework One arrangement with GB.
The new-build block amalgamates the temporary classrooms, sixth form, technology and art facilities into a single new integrated unit. The new school block will provide purpose built, multifunctional spaces.
There will also be a new dining facility and the existing kitchen will be replaced with a new, state of the art kitchen facility and extended dining space. In addition, an external café area will be created through the provision of an external food kiosk.
GB will also extensively upgrade the school grounds to improve the quality of the school’s external social spaces. GB will create a covered courtyard area that is flexible enough to act as external dining as well as social and performance space.
The project is part of the national Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme, which is the biggest ever school buildings investments programme, and aims to rebuild or refurbish every secondary school in England.
In Manchester there is a combined BSF and Academies programme with a £500m capital investment to rebuild or refurbish 33 secondary schools, seven of which will be specialist academies.