Morgan Sindall hands over Birkenhead school after £12m rebuild
Ridgeway High School is one of 12 that have been rebuilt by the firm under the North West batch of the Education Funding Agency’s Priority School Building Programme
Construction giant Morgan Sindall has handed over a Wirral school it rebuilt in a £12m project.
Ridgeway High School in Birkenhead is one of 12 that have been rebuilt by the firm under the North West batch of the Education Funding Agency’s Priority School Building Programme.
Ridgeway High School was originally built in the 1970s and had been extended in the 1990s. Morgan Sindall has transformed the school’s estate; delivering a new three-storey teaching building and a new single-storey sports hall, which will be used by the school’s pupils and the local community.
The new buildings are arranged around three terraces and set within existing playing fields, which are retained for sports and recreation use.
New utilities, including an electricity substation, which supplies power to local homes and the school, have also been built. The original buildings will be demolished and replaced with new access routes and landscaping in early 2018.
The school was handed over in a special ceremony presided over by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, the Primate of England was was on a tour of Birkenhead.
During the handover ceremony, the Morgan Sindall team, led by project manager Chris Jones, presented the school with a good luck commemorative plaque created with a horseshoe discovered on site by the project team during construction.
Tony Taylor, headteacher at Ridgeway High School, said: “We’re delighted to be in our new school building.
“It’s a superb facility, which was completed six weeks ahead of schedule and it offers state-of-the-art resources to students, school staff and the local community.
“During their time on site, the Morgan Sindall team was very approachable, open to ideas and feedback and they have made our dream building a reality.”