Big dig be­gins on new £60m cam­pus

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - ALEX SCAPENS

WORK to cre­ate a new £60m King’s School cam­pus is well un­der­way with 120,000 tonnes of earth re­moved and 15,000 tonnes of clean stone laid.

The work be­gan at the Alder­ley Road site, in Prest­bury, in Septem­ber and two tem­po­rary roads are now also in place.

VINCI Con­struc­tion, the lead con­trac­tor for the project, says the first steel­works will go up in Jan­uary.

Re­gional di­rec­tor John Roberts said: “We all feel im­mensely proud to be work­ing with a school with a 500-year-his­tory and are aim­ing to cre­ate a last­ing le­gacy for King’s and for Mac­cles­field.”

The 80-acre site is ex­pected to be com­pleted in May 2020 and it will have 350 rooms in a 16,000sq m build­ing as well as a new sports cen­tre.

Fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a 25m swim­ming pool, a six-court sports hall and in­door cricket cen­tre, five new rugby pitches, one rounders field, two AstroTurf hockey pitches and six net­ball courts.

The school cur­rently has three sites, with the other two - on Cum­ber­land Street and Fence Av­enue in Mac­cles­field cen­tre - be­ing sold for hous­ing to fund the new cam­pus de­vel­op­ment.

The sales have been nom­i­nated for ‘deal of the year’ at the North West Res­i­den­tial Prop­erty Awards.

King’s head­mas­ter Dr Si­mon Hyde said: “It was a com­pli­cated deal with the sales el­e­ment cov­er­ing two dif­fer­ent sites and then the chal­lenge of bridg­ing the fi­nance to al­low us to build the new school be­fore the fi­nal han­dover of sites on Cum­ber­land Street and Fence Av­enue.

“We are ex­tremely keen to en­sure that our le­gacy is a pos­i­tive one both for the school and Mac­cles­field in gen­eral.

“The de­vel­op­ment of a mix of sus­tain­able hous­ing close to the town cen­tre will hope­fully con­tinue to bol­ster the at­trac­tive­ness of Mac­cles­field as a place to live and sup­port the many ex­cel­lent new shops and busi­nesses cur­rently tak­ing root.”

King’s School cur­rently has 300 em­ploy­ees and 1,200 stu­dents.

An aerial shot of work on the £60m new cam­pus for King’s School

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