Wates appointed to build three North West schools for ESFA

Tony Shenton

Wates appointed to build three North West schools for ESFA

Wates Construction has been awarded a £10.1m contract by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to construct a new school building at Maghull High School in Liverpool. 

Construction is expected to commence in January 2018 with the scheme replacing facilities that are no longer fit for use. It will be completed in Spring 2019 and the existing building will be demolished. 

The building is the first of three proposed schemes that Wates will deliver across the North West, with a £7m project at Hartford High School in Northwich and a £3.8m project for Upton Heath Primary to follow in June next year. The buildings have been designed by Sheppard Robson. 

The work forms part of the ESFA’s Priority School Building Programme 2 (PSBP2) to rebuild or refurbish those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. The previous frameworks saw Wates collaborate on 56 schools across the country. 

Tony Shenton, business unit director, Wates Construction North West, commented: “This appointment reflects our experience in the delivery of exceptional learning environments for the Education and Skills Funding Agency and our reputation as a trusted contractor in the education sector. We are privileged to be continuing our role in the enhancement of the North West’s education infrastructure and the critical part it plays in the development of the region’s young people.”