The Ecclesbourne School - New Sports Hall, Duffield


The Ecclesbourne School New Sports Hall

Following a competitive single stage procurement route we were awarded this project to be delivered via a design and build contract using a novated design team.

This project, undertaken in a sensitive residential setting on a heavily restricted live school site, includes the demolition of an existing external swimming pool and its associated plant room, removal of overhead cables and removal of some small trees.

The new multi-use sports facility comprises of a new sports hall, dance studio, fitness suite, classroom, changing WC’s and associated plant room.

We were also responsible for upgrading the external landscaping including a sports court, access paths, planting and
disabled parking spaces.

Using the Site as a Learning Environment

From commencement of the project a “site learning visit” was carried out every month with students which entailed an initial visit to our site accommodation for an induction and an overview on progress and current construction activities, followed by an escorted tour of the relevant parts of the sites. Staff and Governors were also encouraged to visit the site and take part in organised escorted site tours.

Two year 13 pupils were also provided with long term work experience based within our organisation. One pupil was placed on another site to experience site management and engineering roles and the other was integrated into one of our surveying teams at our Derby office.

“As a large and highly successful school in need of a state of the art Sports Facility it was crucially important that we found a builder able to operate in a live education environment safely and harmoniously. Bowmer and Kirkland have been responsive to our needs and have delivered a first class building on time and on budget, working through one of the coldest winters in memory. Throughout the process they kept us informed and worked hard to build a good relationship with the leadership team.”

- James McNamara, Head Teacher - The Ecclesbourne School