16 November 2011
Around 1,500 pupils in Dorset are benefiting from a new state of the art school, project managed by award-winning consultant WYG on behalf of Dorset County Council (DCC).
The global management and technical consultancy was appointed back in 2009 by Dorset County Council on the rebuild of the Queen Elizabeth's school to project manage the construction phase of the new school. WYG’s commission has subsequently been extended to provide contract administration, move management services and management of the resulting external works programme.
The school, which has provided education and opportunity to young people for over five hundred years, is now operating within its new school buildings and has been transformed into an inspiring 21st century learning environment.
Dave Corbin, Regional Director, WYG said: “It has been a great project to work on with many challenges and we are pleased to have seen the project through to this key milestone. We are now working closely with DCC and the school to complete the overall project by progressing the external works programme, which includes the demolition of the old school and remodelling of the overall campus. Work is due to start shortly and is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2012.”
Cllr Toni Coombs, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Dorset County Council said: “The involvement of WYG has enabled us to deliver this state of the art school for the pupils in east Dorset and ensure that the investment in the new school will meet their aspirations and needs for many years to come. It is a truly inspiring building.”
An opening ceremony of the new Queen Elizabeth’s School will be held on 05 December 2011 and will be opened by the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and employees and students of Beau Bassin State Secondary School, Mauritius.
Mr Andy Puttock, Head teacher, Queen Elizabeth's school said: “The atmosphere of the new school is already very different to the school we have left – many students comment that it is more like a university than a school, and this was a view echoed by the 3,000 or so visitors who attended our recent open days.
“We feel immensely lucky and immensely grateful; our job is now to make sure that we use what is undoubtedly one of the best school campuses in the country to the very best of our ability, and we remain totally committed to that goal.”
Image caption: Night time view of the new Queen Elizabeth's school. Copyright www.outwest-photography.co.uk