21st Oct 2014

Seddon appointed to deliver £2.8 million school expansion

Building and development firm Seddon has been appointed by Withington Girls’ School to deliver a £2.8 million extension.

Construction work has commenced to create a new Junior School and social 'hub' as part of the Manchester school's expansion plans.
The development - expected to be complete by early August 2015 - comprises a suite of eight classrooms and ancillary rooms, as well as a light and airy hub which will link the Junior and Senior departments.

The contract win comes shortly after the company was appointed to a £875 million Government framework to refurbish existing and build new schools in the Midlands.

The extension to Withington Girls' School will see the use of pre-fabricated concrete walls and planting of a wildflower grass roof, with much of the work being carried out off site to reduce disruption to students and teachers. The precast concrete frame and the hub will be constructed using glulam columns and steel beams.

This latest investment follows a decade of improvements at the fee-paying school, which caters for pupils aged seven to 18, including the addition of a £1.2 million science block in 2004, which was also delivered by Seddon.

Andrew Slaney, Operations Manager at Seddon, said: "It is a testament to our previous work at Withington Girls’ School that we have been asked back to help the school expand following exemplary A Level results this year.

"As a company we have carried out hundreds of school refurbishments and new build projects over our 115 year history.
"We are currently on site and look forward to delivering this inspiring and innovative new building.”

Withington Girls' School’s Headmistress Mrs Sue Marks commented: "The new Junior School and Hub will help to ensure that Withington remains at the forefront of girls’ education nationally, offering exceptional opportunities for personal development - academic, cultural, sporting and social - and encouraging independence of mind and high aspirations.

"We are delighted to welcome back Seddon as lead contractors on this important new addition to our School.”

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