A £2.5m donation from a former pupil will help get a new extension to a Birmingham school off the ground.
The second phase of a £25m programme of improvement to King Edward’s School in Birmingham has received planning permission and Thomasons has been appointed as engineering consultants for a new extension.
The generous donation from a former pupil who wishes to remain anonymous will allow a new modern languages department and laboratories to be built.
Past pupils of the school include John Lewis managing director Andrew Street, rugby union’s Professional Game Board chairman Ian Metcalfe and Lord of the Rings author J.R.Tolkien.
A main contractor is currently being chosen, with the bulk of the team in place with Thomasons; architects, BDP; project managers, Synergy and services engineer, Couch Perry & Wilkes.
As well as providing surveys for the planning application, Thomasons will be responsible for the structural elements of the project. David Sharpe, structural engineer at Thomasons, said: “After having opened the Birmingham office just over a year ago, we are thrilled to be able to bring our engineering expertise to such a significant local project. King Edward’s School, Birmingham is not only highly regarded locally, but it is consistently one of the top schools in the country.”
The second phase, which follows the development of the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, will involve the removal of the existing physics laboratory block and the creation of an L-shaped teaching space that will be wrapped around the southern side of the courtyard.
This will replace single storey classrooms with facilities over two storeys to maximize the building’s footprint. Included in the project is the creation of a new Sixth Form centre, which will be built over an existing building on one side of the courtyard. Plans also include improving the connection between the science department and the main school building to enhance circulation and connectivity to the rest of the school.