Wates awarded final school in latest EFA Priority Schools batch

Wates Construction and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) have reached contract award on the third and final school in the Barking, Dagenham and Newham batch of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) in a deal worth approximately £48 million.

Eastbrook School in Dagenham forms part of the EFA’s batch of three schools in east London, which also includes Little Ilford School in Newham where construction is underway, and Eastbury School in Barking, where contract award was achieved last month.

The move follows Wates’ appointment to the Barking, Dagenham and Newham batch at the end of last year, adding to over £150m worth of new and refurbished schools delivered by the contractor.

Building work at the new Eastbrook School is expected to reach completion in spring 2017 and will see the existing secondary school expand its capacity from 1,800 to 2,200.

The project will also include the creation of a 630-place primary school with 39 nursery places as well as external landscaping comprising new grass pitches and play areas.

Designed by Jestico and Whiles, the new school has been designed utilising Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model, a standardised solution that facilitates the time and cost efficient delivery of new school buildings.

In addition to the Barking, Dagenham and Newham batch, Wates Construction’s role in the PSBP has included new schools in Coventry, the North West and East of England.

As the final school in the Barking, Dagenham and Newham priority schools batch, this project marks a significant milestone in the EFA’s programme to deliver brand new school environments across the country. At Wates Construction we’re extremely proud of our position as a trusted contractor in the education sector and as such we are well adept at working closely with schools to ensure we deliver exceptional buildings, causing minimal disruption whilst doing so.
Ian Vickers, Regional Managing Director for Wates Construction, Home Counties & the East