Big dig begins on new £60m campus
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