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Steel frame completed for Tamworth specialist teaching block

Working on behalf of Midlands-based contractor G F Tomlinson, William Haley Engineering has completed the steelwork erection for the new Bramcote Building, a specialist teaching block for The Polesworth School in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

The school is a mixed gender secondary school with pupils aged 11-18, and it is part of the Communities Academies Trust – a multi-academy trust comprising 17 schools in the West Midlands region.

The Bramcote Building will replace five existing teaching blocks, which are nearing the end of their usable life and will be demolished by G F Tomlinson following completion of the new building.

Construction on the new three-storey 2,479m2 teaching block started in June, and now that the steel frame and roof are complete, work is progressing on the external envelope and internal partitions.

Once finished, the building will accommodate design and technology teaching spaces, ICT teaching rooms, science laboratories and staff spaces.

Expected to complete in autumn 2021, the works are being undertaken within a live school site and have been carefully planned to minimise disruption to ensure the school is able to maintain continuity of the curriculum and extra-curricular delivery for students. The project team is ensuring that all COVID-19 working guidelines are adhered to, to ensure safe working and social distancing on site.

Chris Flint, Director of G F Tomlinson, said: “We are delighted to be delivering much needed modernised teaching spaces, which will enable the school to continue providing an excellent standard of education.”

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