Plans to redesign and expand an existing building at the school’s Boothby Meadows site are well underway. Planning permission and DfE permission to expand have all been approved and Bailey Construction have been appointed as the contractor via tender, with work on the new two storey building underway. The project, which is a collaboration between QEGS and Ashbourne Rugby Union Football Club (ARUFC), will comprise of a new study space on the first floor and ground floor sports pavilion.
The study space will include the creation of nine new classrooms, study areas and break-out areas for students.
The sports pavilion will feature four new sports changing rooms, match official and first aid areas, enclosed viewing areas, new canteen and kitchen area, along with a new reception and office.
Derby-based cost consultants, quantity surveyors and project managers Armsons are working alongside fellow Derby-based architect YMD Boon on the project, alongside structural engineers JPL and building services engineers DGMEP Services.
The development is set to be completed and ready for occupation by November/December 2022.
Armsons will manage the concept design stage with the design team, along with the cost planning and the planning application process prior to progressing the procurement. They will also manage the budget on behalf of the school.
Commenting on the expansion programme, Scott Garrity, Headteacher at QEGS, said:
“This is a fantastic collaboration between QEGS and ARUFC to build facilities which will be used by thousands of children and their families, along with local sports clubs, for many years to come.”
Colin Smith, Chair of Governors, added:
“The classrooms, study spaces and canteen will provide modern and spacious learning and social areas, improving students’ educational experience and wellbeing. It has been a huge effort to get the project this far and I am excited by prospects it brings to us all.”
Martin Fryer, Club Chairman of ARUFC, said:
“Ashbourne Rugby club are delighted to be involved in this project and, after several years of hard work, are genuinely excited to see the plans come to fruition. The club has grown massively over the last decade or so and we now regularly field 15 teams over a weekend.
“A lot of the growth has come through the fantastic ongoing relationship we have with QEGS where, in the past, most of our players learned to play rugby before joining the club. It is fantastic for us to be able to build on that relationship and secure facilities that will benefit both the pupils and club members for generations to come. It means that we will now be able to offer all our junior players and visiting teams a safe and clean place to wash and change after a match, as well as somewhere they can have an after-match snack and a warm drink.
“We believe these brilliant new project facilities, together with the excellent new pavilion project on the rec, with which we are also proud to be associated, finally enable us to match what we offer on the coaching, training and playing side with facilities of the same high standard.
“We’re confident that it will enable us to fulfil the ever-growing demand to play rugby at all levels in a brighter future for both rugby and team sports at QEGS and in Ashbourne.”
Ben Hallam, Head of PE at QEGS, said:
“Safe, attractive changing spaces inspire enthusiasm and confidence for physical activity. The PE department at QEGS is really excited about the positive impact the new Boothby Campus changing facilities will have on teaching and learning, in Core PE, as well as improved participation in our extensive co-curricular programme.”
“We’re pleased that Armsons have been selected to be part of the project team for this development. It’s great to be involved in a scheme that will improve the facilities for the pupils at the school and the 200 children who play in local teams.
“Armsons have provided consultancy advice and cost planning for other development projects in the education sector and are looking forward to delivering this fantastic new facility to the local Ashbourne community.”
Shari Setayesh, Director of YMD Boon said:
The school’s commitment to sustainability inspired our approach to the design of this facility. Avoiding demolition and utilising both the existing foundations and the building shell resulted in construction waste reduction and reduced the need for extensive excavation.”