THE UK’s first standardised school project began in Rugby this week.
Oakfield primary school, in Oakfield Road near the town centre, will be replaced by a new council-funded Scape Sunesis school – a standardised building that has been designed to be 30 per cent cheaper to build than a structure with similar specifications.
The £2.2m build will be open by September, in time for the next school year.
Because the building is already designed, associated costs such as legal fees, feasibility studies, design and consultation meetings are negated.
Heather Fielding, headteacher, said the existing building, which was built in the 1950s, was already over capacity.
“We’re really excited Oakfield’s new build is actually going ahead. Due to rising numbers of pupils we need more teaching and learning space -this is the ideal solution.”
The two companies behind Sunesis are Scape – which is owned by six local authorities including Warwickshire County Council – and family owned construction company Wilmott Dixon Capital Works. Once built the school will be owned by Warwickshire County Council.
Cllr Colin Hayfield, of Warwickshire County Council, said the speed of delivery and cost were the benefits of using Scape.
He said: “Because of the type of project this is we can cut out many of the usual fees and afford to build a new school rather than adding a small extension.”
He added: “There’s no other product that can deliver a fully designed school to meet our fast track programme.”