VINCI Construction completes redevelopment of The King’s School in UK
October 12, 2020 – VINCI Construction UK has completed the £60m ($78m) redevelopment of The King’s School, which is claimed to be one of the largest independent schools in the UK.
This independent school employs 250 people and educates over 1,200 students from pre-school to sixth form.
The redevelopment project combined two previous sites in the town into a single central area, with the new campus located adjacent to the school’s existing sports pitches at Derby Fields.
The new 21,000m2 of academic building has 350 rooms, along with a separate sports centre and 75-acres of sporting and outdoor facilities.
The new sports centre features a 25m, six-lane swimming pool, a six-court sports hall, an indoor cricket centre, a dance and martial arts studio as well as a fitness suite and a café.
Outside the campus, students can avail five new rugby football pitches, a rounders field and two floodlit AstroTurf hockey pitches, and netball courts.
The building also includes dedicated art, music, science and computing rooms for both the infant and junior divisions along with a dedicated hall, lecture theatre and library.
In the senior division, teaching and learning areas have been organised, with the science department standing to benefit from 15 laboratories, prep rooms and office space.
For this project, the school has secured funds through the sale of its previous two sites in Fence Avenue and Cumberland Street.
Pick Everard director and project lead Natalie Clemson said: “Completing a significant project like this during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, but it was here that our close relationship with VINCI Construction UK benefitted everyone.
“We introduced virtual site visits during the fit-out stages to suit social distancing and safety measures and held our site project meetings remotely.”
UK-based consultancy services provider Pick Everard has also worked along with VINCI Construction on the project.