Date: 25/06/2019

Michael Drayton Junior School required an extension to accommodate additional students who had recently moved into the area due to a new housing development constructed nearby.

To avoid the new community needing to divert their children to schools further away, Warwickshire County Council had a requirement to create more spaces at the school for local children.

The programme is being delivered by Fortem via Scape’s Regional Construction framework. Phase 1 of the programme is complete and Phase 2 is currently underway, which will see Fortem commence a four classroom extension to increase school capacity further for September 2019.

Phase 1 had a time restriction of just eight weeks, in time for the return of students after the summer break. The works consisted of extensions to the school hall and a refurbishment to the staff room and music room.

The area that was previously used as the music room was turned into storage and a new, more spacious music room was created. The school hall was also extended with new lighting, new flooring and another new storage area was installed.

Phase 2 of the project involves a four classroom extension to increase the capacity at the school from 512 pupils to 600.

Social Value Creation

With the project taking place at a primary school, Fortem had the opportunity to discuss their award winning Pathways4Life Programme and confirm future school engagement activities. As part of Pathways4Life Fortem delivered a STEM workshop in the school to encourage and inspire young people to progress further in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Fortem have also delivered the ‘Al Fresco Learning Project’ where they supported the creation of outdoor classrooms that give students the chance to go outside for their lessons. The project originated from ‘Wildlife’ Kate McCrae, from BBC’s Springwatch, who was supported by numerous members of the Fortem team.

To date Fortem have also: