‘Superb’ school extension handed over to Council

Inside the new school extension

Henry Brothers has handed over a new extension at Glossopdale School to Derbyshire County Council.

The £4m extension is the second phase of the Council’s plan to increase capacity at the school in Hadfield, which can now take up to 1,440 pupils.

It includes an additional nine teaching spaces comprising eight standard classrooms and a demonstration science lab, flexible options for dining, social spaces and extra staff workrooms.

Ian Taylor, managing director at the Beeston-based contractor, said: “Having built the main Glossopdale School, which has proved so popular, Henry Brothers is delighted to have now delivered an extension to create additional space for a further 200 students.

“We have partnered with Derbyshire County Council on several school projects over recent years, helping to enhance facilities, and it’s great to see the completion of this latest scheme.

“Working alongside employers agent Concertus, DLA Architecture, civil and structural engineer Curtins and Couch Perry Wilkes for M & E services, Henry Brothers has helped to deliver a superb scheme, which will allow additional pupils to attend this popular school.”

The extension, which was funded by the Council, is set into the hillside and also includes a new multi-use outdoor games area.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Alex Dale, said: “It’s great to see the handover of the new phase of the planned Glossopdale expansion, and we’re really pleased that it’s been delivered ahead of the original strategy to help us meet local demand.

“We’re committed to ensuring young people in Derbyshire have the best possible start in life and access to a high-quality education is at the heart of that. I’m really pleased that the school will be welcoming pupils back into this new space from September.”

Jess Etienne, key account manager at Concertus Design & Property Consultants, added: “Considering the economic climate during the construction period, we are pleased to have been able to play our part in delivering these high-quality educational facilities and we are so thrilled with the outcome. The close and positive working relationship between Concertus, Derbyshire County Council, and Henry Brothers has played an instrumental part in the success of this project, and we are excited to see the students continue their journey in their new setting.”