Invesis were awarded the contract to design, build, finance, maintain, and operate three schools and design and build one school for the “Building Schools for the Future” programme, accommodating 4,290 pupils.
The development included:
- Archbishop Grimshaw Roman Catholic VA School: Replacement 1,400 pupil secondary school on existing site.
- Smith’s Wood Sports College: Replacement 1,400 pupil secondary school.
- Park Hall School: Replacement 1,400 pupil secondary school.
- Lanchester School and Pupil Referral Unit: Purpose-built special needs school for 50 pupils, a 40-place pupil referral unit, and a sports hall.
Invesis acted as the single point of contact for the procurement and delivery of all the services needed to deliver the Solihull Schools investment programme, integrating and managing a diverse range of supply chain sub-contractors.
Operations Manager Eamon McKiernan explains the objectives of the development.
“Our designs focused on the individual strengths, current challenges, and specific priorities of each school.”Scroll to find out more
Operations Manager Eamon McKiernan continues:
“All four schools benefitted from unique individual designs by four separate architects, the aim being to specifically promote each school’s specialism.
“For example, Archbishop Grimshaw School featured a new theatre and chapel while Smith’s Wood Sports College included a reconstructed swimming pool and sports complex. And the requirement for Lanchester included a purpose-built ESBD special-needs school for 50 pupils and a 40-place pupil referral unit.
“Other important features were indoor and outdoor learning spaces which created the ability for the schools to teach and learn anywhere and at any time and break-out spaces providing a technology-rich area for additional teaching and learning.”