Handover at new £7 million West Midlands sports campus
Morgan Sindall Construction has completed a £7 million programme of work at Tile Cross Academy in Birmingham, delivering modern sporting facilities for the school’s 600 pupils.
Working in partnership with consultant Acivico, through the Constructing West Midlands (CWM) framework, the main contractor has built a curved two-storey 7,400 square foot sports hall, which also accommodates additional specialist art, graphics and music teaching spaces on the upper level.
The four court sports hall, built to Sport England requirements, is configured for basketball, badminton, trampolining, football, and cricket. Local residents will be able to use the facilities outside of school hours.
Alongside the main hall, Morgan Sindall Construction has installed two floodlit 3G multi-use games area pitches (MUGA).
The site team has also re-clad the school’s existing science block and refurbished its interior.
Construction work began in July 2018 and has been completed five weeks ahead of schedule.
Dave Kelly, CWM Framework Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “Providing pupils with modern facilities to pursue sports and active lifestyles has a very clear positive impact on educational attainment. It’s no surprise that forward-thinking schools across the Midlands are prioritising this kind of investment.
“This has been a great project to deliver and the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust’s decision to procure the scheme through the CWM framework has streamlined the whole process, enabling us to complete the work well ahead of schedule.”
Chris Hall, Interim Deputy CEO at Acivico, said: “This project is part of the wider transformation of the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust. We are delighted Morgan Sindall Construction managed to handover the project ahead of programme and allow the students early access to these fantastic sports and education facilities. Investment in education and providing facilities for youngsters fit for the 21st century and beyond, is vitally important to the youngsters within the area.”
Paul Marano, Head Teacher at the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust, said: “Sport serves an important role in our society, helping us lead healthy, active lifestyles. Facilities are very much part of the equation and particularly so in a school environment. We are very pleased to now be able to offer these fantastic sports facilities which will serve our school and our pupils well.”
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