Multi-million pound refurbishment of Marlwood School starts

March 30 2022
Multi-million pound refurbishment of Marlwood School starts

WORK has started on a multi-million pound refurbishment programme at Marlwood School.

New classrooms for art, design technology and science, as well as new student toilet areas, are being built as part of the work at the Alveston secondary school.

It is part of an £18.1 million revamp for both Marlwood and the Castle School in Thornbury, first announced in 2020, which is being jointly funded by the Castle School Education Trust and South Gloucestershire Council. 

The trust says the work will also include upgraded insulation to the main school building's roof, with new glazing and a new efficient heating system added.

Head teacher Seema Purewal said: "We are delighted to be starting work on this important and much-needed project to upgrade our facilities and make our school more sustainable, which in turn will help us continue to serve our local community.

"The creation of new classrooms within the main building, which will be fully-resourced with new equipment, will be a huge advantage to our students’ learning, and our science and design technology offering will become a strength of the school when complete.

"By closing the old buildings which previously housed these classrooms and making significant thermal improvements, we are working towards low energy-use standards.

"We understand that there may be some disruption caused to students and the local community while we undertake the work, but we are committed to ensuring the project is completed as soon as possible and hope that the end result will outweigh the inconvenience."

Marlwood School is one of seven schools run by CSET, and the poor physical condition of its buildings was highlighted in a BBC documentary on the trust in 2018.

CSET chief executive Will Roberts said: “This project enables us to replace temporary buildings, improve the condition and configuration of the school site and provide an inspiring learning environment for current students as well as future generations.”

The new buildings were designed by Quattro Design Architects and are being built by Speller Metcalfe, whose pre-construction director James Speller said: "Having completed many education projects over the years, we know first-hand what a positive impact this will have on the school and its local community."

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Picture: Artist's impression of how the school will look after work is complete