29 May 2015

Dawnus is pleased to announce that the South East office has been awarded a £26.7m contract for the design and construction of the first new build secondary school academy in Wokingham for over 60 years.

The new school forms part of Wokingham Borough Council’s larger strategic development scheme for Arborfield, and will cater for pupils from the proposed residential development, as well as from existing communities in the borough.

The development will comprise a two-storey school building with an approximate footprint of 6,280m2 and associated external works and parking provision. The school will feature two courtyards which will be landscaped to provide external classrooms and dining areas. It will also include playing fields and a floodlit all-weather pitch.

The school will be delivered in phases and will cater for up to 1500 pupils when completed. The first phase will provide capacity to meet the initial Year 7 intake in September 2016, while the second phase will complete the school and sports facilities, increasing the capacity to 1,200 pupils by September 2017. The final phase will provide an additional 300 places for future growth.

Dawnus has previously completed projects for the Council at St Crispin’s School and Bulmershe School. Wokingham Borough Council Executive Member for Children’s Services Councillor Charlotte Haitham-Taylor said: “With every milestone reached, the new school feels more real and it is great to have the people who will actually build it in place. St Crispin’s new science block and the new entrance building for Bulmershe are fantastic facilities delivered in challenging conditions and it gives me great confidence to have the same company involved in Arborfield.”

Dawnus Managing Director Russell Evans said: “The Arborfield project is a fantastic opportunity for Dawnus. We are delighted to be able to continue our successful relationship with Wokingham Borough Council and provide a first class new school facility for the local community.”