Work under way on next phase to improve facilities at village school

(left to right) Peter Spoors, of T Manners; Neil Turner, of Howarth Litchfield Partnership; and Kings Priory School headteacher Gill Hewlett.
(left to right) Peter Spoors, of T Manners; Neil Turner, of Howarth Litchfield Partnership; and Kings Priory School headteacher Gill Hewlett.

Major works to improve a school’s facilities is underway after a contractor was appointed.

Building work is due to start at Kings Priory School, in Tynemouth, to improve facilities for pupils.

These building works form part of cross-site improvements to ensure we provide the best environment and facilities for students

Principal Gill Hewlett

The £4m project, for work on the primary school building in Percy Park Road and the middle and senior schools in Huntington Pace, has been awarded to building contractor T Manners of Bishop Auckland.

Architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership designed the new facilities, managed the necessary planning application and will ensure the construction phase runs smoothly.

Work began on the Sixth Form building and Middle School on June 1, and will be completed before the end of the year.

Facilities are to include a new coffee shop, Learning Resource Centre, careers suite, sixth form lounge and work areas, seminar rooms plus new lighting and wi-fi access.

Disability access is also to be created with internal lifts and a new external staircase to compliment the existing staircases.

Principal Gill Hewlett said: “These building works form part of cross-site improvements to ensure we provide the best environment and facilities for students.

“We have already created vast improvements to our First School site, including a brand new, state-of-the-art building and facilities for pupils entering Reception. This creates a wonderful opportunity for pupils starting school life.”

Alan Crawford, commercial director of T Manners, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a second contract which provides us with a further opportunity to build on our earlier success and involvement in the development of Phase 1. It also provides the school with continuity which will ensure smooth delivery of the scheme.”

Neil Turner, director of Howarth Litchfield Partnership, said: “The success of this project is down to the hard work and collaborative approach of our design team, assisted by the local authority’s planning department and the listed building officer on the scheme.

“Once complete, the scheme will be a fine example of the innovative use of a listed building, whilst respecting its heritage, to create a new modern Sixth Form Centre and Middle School, and I’m proud to be part of that journey.”

The school, which has 1,350 pupils aged four to 18, is sponsored by the Woodard Academies Trust.