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First score for Wates' northeast push

2 Sep 15 Wates Construction has won an £11m contract at the new Newcastle High School for Girls.

Artist’s impression of the school extension
Artist’s impression of the school extension

The contract represents early fruit for Wates’ expansion drive in the northeast.

The Girls’ Day School Trust has commissioned Wates to remodel the Victorian school buildings at Tankerville Terrace and construct a new 3,625 m2 three-storey building. The development follows the merger of Central Newcastle High School and Church High School to create Newcastle High School for Girls.

The new extension, designed by architect Ellis Williams, will include a multi-purpose assembly hall, dining room, gym, science labs and classroom spaces. The project also includes landscaping the whole site.

Work starts this month with completion scheduled for summer 2016.

Wates has adopted a strategy of expand into new markets in Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. This project is the first win in its regional growth strategy, although Wates has worked for the Girls’ Day School Trust, at South Hampstead High School in London and Sheffield High School.

Paul Dodsworth, business unit director for Wates Construction North East and Yorkshire, said: “Our appointment to redevelop Newcastle High School for Girls is a significant landmark in our growth plans for the business and reflects our excellent reputation in the education sector.

“Wates has delivered over 40,000 school places in the past three years, which has given us a wealth of experience in addressing the individual curriculum needs of each school whilst ensuring that minimal disruption is caused during construction.”

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