Wigan School Rebuild

A £24m contract to redevelop Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley Wigan has been awarded to Bam.

The new building, a three storey teaching block, will be built alongside the existing school and is designed to be net zero carbon in operation.

The building is planned for completion by September 2023 when the old school will be demolished and that area of the site will then be converted to sports pitches with full completion due in spring 2024.

Bam are dealing with the architecture, M&E sustainability and fit-out and acoustics services and Daily Henderson is in charge of landscape design.

The contract was awarded to Bam through the Department for Education’s big value framework. Construction will include creating a new overlay on an existing campus while it remains in use, retaining three existing buildings with the importance on sequencing. This scheme will be built on the DfE’s new approach to sustainability while developing innovation and methods from the initial pathfinder projects. Part of the school will be constructed over Hindsford Brook culvert. Enabling works will include diverting a main sewer running across the site while also disposing of Japanese Knotweed.

Ian Fleming, Bam Construction regional director said: “With our ability to create net zero schools and use modern techniques including our suite of digital construction metholds and off-site manufacture and assembly will allow us to reduce risks to our workforce and also speed up delivery for the school”.