Construction work has started on a £3.9m project to extend a Leeds secondary school and increase the capacity to 1,500 students.
Three extensions will be built onto Leeds West Academy to provide new classrooms, a science lab, and office facilities.
More seating will be available in the dining space and changing facilities will also be improved as part of the expansion plan.
Esh Construction was appointed to deliver the scheme via the YORhub framework earlier this year. Esh Divisional Director, Stuart Leslie, said: “We are delighted White Rose Academies Trust has appointed us to deliver this expansion project, which will build on the success of previous schemes we have delivered within the education sector.
“As a local contractor, we have committed to delivering a wealth of social value initiatives throughout the project to maximise the benefit for our client and the community – something which is paramount across all Esh Construction schemes.”
Located in Rodley, Leeds West Academy is part of White Rose Academies Trust. It currently has 1,200 pupils and wishes to improve its facilities for the benefit of students and staff, as well as enable the school to accommodate an additional 300 pupils. The expansion was given the green light by planners in June this year.
Mr Whieldon, Principal, said: “Leeds West Academy is a school whose successes are always built upon the strength of our community, and we are delighted that to support our increasing popularity, we are able to add further additions to our world class facilities.”
Esh Construction will work in partnership with Turner & Townsend, Jefferson Sheard, and Adept to deliver the project.
Reduced level digging, drainage diversions and piling works are underway in preparation for three steel portal frame structures to be constructed at the rear and side of the building.
The final phase will see all hard and soft landscaping work completed as well as eight new parking spaces and
electric vehicle charging points installed. Solar photo voltaic panels will be installed on the sports hall roof to assist with a reduction in carbon footprint.