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ISG wins Atherton free school fit-out

29 Apr 13 ISG has been awarded a £6m fast-track project for Greater Manchester’s first ‘free school’.

The contractor will refurbish and fit-out a disused secondary school for the new Atherton Community School.

The contract was awarded through the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) framework. Client is Chapel St Community Schools Trust.

The school currently operates with just 42 Year 7 students out of rooms at the local town hall. Atherton Community School will move across to its new site in September 2013, where it will have a maximum intake of 650 pupils, including a dedicated sixth form teaching block with capacity for up to 200.

The school building has been vacant for two years and the refurbishment project will involve demolition of the existing Design & Technology block and drama studio, along with the complete strip out to shell and core of the remainder of the building. The school will then be remodelled, upgraded and fitted out to modern education standards, including the installation of efficient mechanical and electrical services, the creation of new classrooms, toilet blocks, a commercial kitchen and staff rooms.

ISG regional managing director Jim Parker said: “Working closely with the team behind Greater Manchester’s first Free School has provided a real insight into the passion and commitment that underpins the establishment of this pioneering institution. In addition to providing purpose-built accommodation for Atherton Community School, this project also represents a transformational community regeneration scheme, turning a surplus and unused property into a busy and vibrant centre of learning.”

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