Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley
Building Contractor: Kier
QS: Mott MacDonald
ICT Provider: CSE Education Systems
Year of completion: 2013
A Kier Education consortium including Kier Construction Central, Capita Symonds and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, was appointed by Tudor Grange Academy and Worcestershire County Council to develop the £13.4m academy in Worcester.
The new Tudor Grange Academy caters for 900 pupils aged 11-18. Over two years the skyline changed as tired buildings were demolished and new spaces were created for change of use within the existing school. This included adding additional walls and relocating the dining room into a modular temporary building while the new one was being constructed.
The building now boasts a new entrance reception area, lecture theatre and performance space. Facilities also include state of the art ICT facilities; science, English, mathematics, arts and vocational study areas and administration offices. The playing field and hard play areas were extended, with the construction of a greenhouse for the pupils to use during their horticulture learning. A brand new car parking area leads to the newly constructed entrance.
Many corporate responsibility initiatives were embraced by the site team including student and staff tours which took place during and out of working hours. Work experience placements and curriculum based support also continued throughout the build. One example included the judging of an Eco homes competition where the students built a model of their Eco home of the future and made a professional presentation of their ideas to the judges. Kier collaborated with the school to give constructive feedback to the students and provided prizes and bespoke follow up tours.
“We were ambitious in what we wanted to achieve and though we had a clear vision we needed a lot of help to shape this into a deliverable reality. We now have an inspirational school building which rivals even the most attractive buildings in other sectors which are much more capital rich. I wanted a building which was attractive and sophisticated but had all the practicalities and function that a school demands – we got exactly what we desired.
Though the project could have been fraught with difficulties, Kier and the architects worked hand in hand to ensure that the project was workable without compromising on the final product. We have just moved in to our finished building and the effect of this is already palpable: we have transformed a community through design and construction which has complemented our ambitions for educating the children of Worcester.”
Claire Maclean – Principal