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£4.6m construction project begins on historic Newcastle school site

A transformative construction project has begun at Dame Allan’s Senior School to create new state-of-the-art facilities in Newcastle.

The school recently appointed Gateshead-based contractor Tolent to carry out the work, which forms part of an £8m development by Dame Allan’s and will provide a much-needed increase in space, as well as new high quality arts and science areas.

The site, in Fenham, is currently undergoing the demolition of some of the existing buildings to make way for the new two-storey classroom block and the contractor will also be refurbishing various buildings within the school campus.

The £4.6m contract will take just over a year to complete, with Tolent and the school working together throughout the programme to develop a number of opportunities for pupils to engage in the project, including site visits and trade-specific workshops with the supply chain.

Principal of Dame Allan’s Schools, Will Scott, said: “This is a significant and exciting development for Dame Allan’s which will provide much-needed space for our pupils as well as ensuring they’re learning in the very best environment.

“The development will allow us to create a new sixth form area within art, design and technology, an arts exhibition space, spacious new classrooms and science labs and create more room for a new wellbeing centre for our dedicated pastoral team.”

David Thompson, regional director for Tolent, said: “We were delighted to have been awarded this contract, adding to our extensive experience within the education sector.

“The client has a fantastic vision for this project, and we know the huge benefits the new facilities are going to make to present and future students. It’s great to get started and we look forward to delivering an outstanding project next year.”

Demolition works will continue throughout July and August and temporary teaching accommodation will be erected on site ready for the start of the next academic year in September.

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