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Interserve awarded £11m schools contract

Interserve has been awarded an £11 million contract to build a new arts and sports facility at Notting Hill & Ealing High School.

The five-storey extension will include a sports hall, flexible performance space, drama studio, and dance studio.

Enabling works for the scheme which includes three storeys in a basement below ground level, will get underway this month with demolition of a gymnasium and assembly hall followed by piling works and excavation ahead of construction.

The building will be clad with full-storey-height planar glazing, brickwork, and copper cladding for the second-floor dance studio and a terraced courtyard will be created alongside the new extension, which will connect to the existing school building via a first-floor link bridge.

Interserve area manager John O’Neill said: “Interserve will create a modern, 21st century learning environment, while allowing the existing school to operate as normal. During the construction phase, we are planning curriculum activities with NHEHS students, such as art and design competitions, and creation of a project blog.

“Interserve has a strong track record in the education sector and we will work closely with NHEHS to deliver a facility that more than matches their aspirations.”

The facility, which is expected to be completed in November 2012, is targeting a BREEAM very good rating and will feature a green sedum roof and attenuation chambers to reduce sound in the courtyard.

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