Worcestershire County Council took the decision to build seven new schools (two High Schools, two Middle Schools, and three First Schools) in the area of Bromsgrove, England, complete with community facilities on five sites. The new schools cater for approximately 1,740 pupils.
Having carried out a review of the schools in the Bromsgrove area of Worcestershire, the local county council decided to expand its education facilities.
The scheme proposed was to build seven new schools including two High schools, two Middle schools, and three First schools, with enhanced community facilities on five sites.
Four of the seven schools were built on their existing sites and the remaining three schools were built on two new sites. The scheme included:
- the replacement of North Bromsgrove High School with a new 1,150-student school (ages 13–18) on the existing site;
- a new 1,290-student school (ages 13–18) replacing South Bromsgrove Community High School on the existing site;
- a new 300-student school (ages 3–9) on a greenfield site to replace the existing Sidemoor First School; and
- a new through school combination serving 300, ages 3–9 first school students and 480 ages 9–13 middle school students to replace the existing Parkside Middle and Meadows First Schools.
SPV General Manager Simon Sheridan explains how BAM’s team tackled this major new development for the Bromsgrove area.
"The BAM team worked closely with the Council to provide a first-class learning environment which offered the young people and adults within Bromsgrove and Alvechurch a high quality education and lifelong learning opportunity in superb new surroundings."
"We were able to create a real sense of partnership between the council and BAM which resulted in a new benchmark being set on design excellence in Private Finance Initiative schools."
Good examples of those design standards can be seen in South Bromsgrove High School which included technology-rich breakout zones overlooking the ambient atrium which were created to allow students to do individual and project work.
Alvechurch Middle and Crown Meadow First is a two-storey building designed for 660 students. The two schools benefit from being able to share a number of facilities including a sports hall and dining area. The attached school library is available for use by both schools but is also open to the general public.
In line with its successful approach to education projects, BAM is committed to an ongoing relationship with the local community.
Simon continued: "This project was the first in which BAM employed a Learning resource coordinator. Throughout the construction phase, he worked with all of the schools to establish learning support programmes for junior through to high school ages.
"Even after construction was completed, the learning resource role continued. It was primarily self-funding with the coordinator undertaking training for potential trades operatives at one of the high schools."
The South Bromsgrove High School development won a prestigious design award, winning Bromsgrove Society’s Architectural award with the judges praising its "outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of our district".
Alison Williams, from Worcestershire Library Service (the scheme included a public library), commented:
"I feel privileged to have been part of this project."
Leader of Worcestershire County Council, George Lord, said:
"HBG [BAM] have been flexible and responded to our requests. They have been brilliant in every way."
Jeanette Morris, Headteacher, Crown Meadow First School, commented:
"How lucky the staff and pupils are to be in this wonderful school. As wonderful as it is, it’s the teaching and learning that the building facilitates that’s important."