AYLESFORD School in Warwick is poised to become one of the first combined secondary and primary schools in the county, thanks to local contractor Ashe Construction.

The £2.7 million investment in expanding the school buildings will mean that, from September this year, youngsters aged between four and 19 will be able to take up places at the academy school.

Six extra classrooms will be built on the campus, creating space for around 250 more children in line with the area’s local plan - which will see housing numbers in Warwick increase.

Site manager for the project, Rob Slack of Ashe Construction, added: “This is a ground-breaking project which will meet the needs of the local community.

“It will be very exciting for the school to be able to offer continuous education from the age of 4 to 18 and we are looking forward to completing the project on time and on budget so that we can hand it back over to the teachers and pupils in the late summer.”

County councillor Colin Hayfield who is responsible for education and learning at Warwickshire County Council added that the necessary expansion was the ideal response to the mounting pressures on schools to find extra places.

He said: “This is an exciting opportunity to deliver something innovative.

“It’s good to work with the school and answer a growing need for places in the area.”

Ashe Construction are a member of the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) which is a collection of local authorities and companies that work together to procure collaboratively, building projects on time and to budget without fail.

Ashe worked collaboratively with Scape Design services from the outset on this Design and Build project at Aylesford School in order to achieve a quick design period.

Head teacher at the school Steve Hall said: “This is a very exciting development for the school and we are looking forward to welcoming youngsters from September.

“The new buildings will mean we will be able to offer continuity of education from a very young age to post 16 education.”

A turf cutting ceremony took place at the school in December, attended by members of the Ashe team, a local MP Chris White and the Mayor of Warwick Moira-Ann Grainger, and work will be completed in the summer.


Photo caption L to R: Steve Hall (head teacher), Chris White (MP), Moira-Ann Granger (Mayor), Rob Slack (site manager) and children from the school.



About Ashe Construction

Ashe manages the design and construction of buildings for public and private sector clients nationwide. The family firm was founded in 1972 and now has offices in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire, from which it serves a great diversity of markets and industries with schemes which require new construction, internal and external refurbishment, alterations and fit outs.

Ashe aims to construct environments that enhance the lives of the people who use them and to create environments which result in satisfied clients. The company ethos regards the standard and quality of service offered to clients to be paramount.

Ashe is a member of the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa), which was formed in 2008 by local authorities to improve the delivery of property services to their communities. empa gives local authorities a single voice in speaking to the market, enabling them to bring economies of scale into the procurement processes, increase efficiency in project delivery, manage assets more effectively, work smarter with the supply chain, deliver better employment & skills opportunities and share knowledge to develop solutions to common issues.



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