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Haywood Academy

With a growing requirement for additional space in schools across the UK, education providers are increasingly looking for ways to expand whilst maintaining the highest level of quality and flexibility for their students.

Rolton Group helps schools at each tier of the sector to achieve these goals, and has built a strong reputation on its successful delivery of projects of all scope and complexity.

A current exemplar scheme that we are delighted to be involved with is the development of new sixth form facilities for Haywood Academy in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, which will be capable of teaching up to 400 students when complete. The project consists of two phases: phase one included the refurbishment of the existing Town Hall building and phase two involves a new build comprising of a two storey split level building.

The existing Town Hall is a Grade II* listed building and is being developed into the new sixth form centre, providing new facilities to teach A-Level students. Phase two is on the site of the former Ceramica exhibition, which has piqued the interest of the local radio station, who reported on the demolition, and will be visited by the BBC at a later stage of completion. The redevelopment of the site has been supported by £1 million of funding from the Department for Education, Steelite International, a sponsor of academy, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The project started at the end of 2014, and Rolton Group was appointed by long-term client EC Harris LLP to provide both mechanical and electrical engineering services, including CCTV, fire detection and alarm system, lighting and emergency lighting. Rolton Group also holds a role to review and comment on a number of aspects throughout the project, which ensured that the new scheme would be approved by the English Heritage as well as the local conservation officer.

Phase one of the project is estimated to conclude in September 2015, ready for the next academic year, with phase two ready for the opening of the doors for the 2016 academic year.