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Wates' Adapt model to speed Selsdon school construction

14 Jun 13 Wates Construction has been cleared to start construction of the £16m Quest Academy " Coloma Trust in Selsdon now that planning permission has been granted by Croydon Council.

Wates will use its Adapt school building mode to put up the school in just 59 weeks. The main school building will have capacity for 900 students aged 11 to 16 years plus a further 215 sixth formers. There will also be new facilities for the Monks Hill Sports centre and space for a new community facility.

The existing school building will be demolished upon completion of the work, with the areas landscaped.

Wates says that its Adapt school building, developed with architect CPMG, model can generate a 21% reduction in build programme and cost savings on average of 23% against a typical contemporary school building.

Business unit director Richard Shroll said that using Adapt would “ensure the individual needs of the school are met with efficiency, without a compromise on quality”.

The Quest Academy – Coloma Trust, opened as an Academy on 1st September 2010 and is overseen by Academy Sponsors, Coloma Convent Girls’ School and The Coloma Trust.  Completion of the building works is scheduled for the new academic year in September 2014.

The project, which formed part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, was procured via the Education Funding Agency (EFA) Contractors’ Framework. The new building has been jointly funded by the EFA (£14.5m) and Croydon Council (£1.7m).

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