Construction begins on £61m Warwickshire school

Willmott Dixon has started construction work on the £61m The Oakley School in Leamington Spa.

The new facilities will comprise a 34-place nursery, 420-place primary and 900-place secondary school with SEND provision.

Plans also feature a sports hall, several natural turf pitches and an all-weather pitch which are both for educational and community use. All playing surfaces will be delivered to Sport England design standards.

The Oakley School is part of a wider development across the local area, with plans to create 4,000 homes and a country park. Improvements will also be made to Oakley Wood Road.

Procured through the Scape construction framework, the development is part of Warwickshire County Council’s plans to make major additions to the community’s education provisions.

Construction will be completed in summer 2024, with Oakley School pupils arriving at the start of term in September 2024.

Willmott Dixon will also invest in the local community, with £1.5m committed through social value activities such as delivering careers talks, work experience, traineeships for those not in employment, education or training and creating local job opportunities.

Michelle Cotterill, director for Willmott Dixon, said: “The Oakley School project is a major investment into the next generation of Warwickshire’s education offering and we are proud to have been selected alongside our delivery partners to bring the development to fruition.

“As a cornerstone employer with Coventry and Warwickshire Careers Enterprise we’re looking forward to engaging with other schools and delivering careers talks and guidance, curriculum support, safety talks, site visits, CV advice, mock interviews, work experience and much more to support the local community.”

The design aims to reduce energy consumption and limit carbon emissions in operation. It will feature air source heat pumps and PV panels as part of a renewable energy strategy.

Cllr Kam Kaur, Warwickshire’s portfolio holder for education, said: “The investment in the all-through school at Oakley Grove demonstrates a huge commitment by the County Council to education in that area and to meeting the massive increase in need for school places that we will soon be seeing.

“As well as providing a state-of-the-art facility that will be the hub of superb learning opportunities, the project is also delivering a great deal of social value, particularly for some young people who are gaining valuable training, employment opportunities and other work experience”.

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