Durrington High School is delighted to confirm that the construction of the new sports hall is well underway. Following the approval of plans earlier this year work began 6 weeks ago and much progress has been made. The impressive skeleton structure, using approximately 625 tonnes of concrete and 25 tonnes of steel, is now in place. Sue Marooney, Executive Headteacher, said, ‘It is really exciting to finally see the tangible beginnings of a project that has long been in the planning. This development is of huge significance to our school and the local community and I am delighted with the progress made so far. I look forward to the huge positive difference these improved facilities will make once completed.’
Following a lengthy and thorough tender process Collinson Construction were appointed to carry out the works. They say:
‘’Collinson Construction are incredibly proud to be working in partnership with Durrington High School on such an exciting project. As a family owned and run business, we pride ourselves on our strong company ethos and values which also mirror the schools. Our clients are at the heart everything we do thus resulting in superb projects and solid relationships being built.
We cannot wait to see this project develop, and look forward to the students having access to use the full range of facilities upon completion of the project. We have seen first-hand how these amazing sports hubs allow students to develop their fitness and wellbeing, in a safe and secure environment. As well as providing them with a creative space to learn and grow.’’
Alongside construction of the sports hall the existing outdoor courts are being updated and resurfaced, Netball and Tennis will be the primary sports. These new courts will also have the added benefit of LED floodlighting, this will significantly increase their usability and enhance the quality of play throughout the year. These vast improvements will not only serve the Durrington High students but the wider community too.
Both the sports hall and courts have been designed to meet all Sport England requirements, providing safe, high quality facilities to suit a variety of sports. The hall will have markings for Badminton, Netball, Basketball, and five a side Football. Four Cricket practice lanes are also included. To complement and enhance these facilities further fully controllable LED lighting will be installed, this will be capable of producing up to 1000LUX, the recommended level for indoor cricket. An indoor viewing gallery for spectators runs along one side providing great views of the action. The new facilities are connected to the main building and will form a central sports hub for our amazing PE team.
Matt Angell, Estates Director, said, ‘We are so pleased with the progress of this exciting project and are looking forward to its completion, which should be in the Autumn term. We are of course ensuring that the building work complies with current social distancing measures, the health and safety of our staff and students is paramount. Once completed these state-of-the-art facilities will be of huge benefit to our students, giving year-round access to a high-quality indoor venue alongside a much-improved outdoor surface. We hope to build on our existing relationships with local clubs as well as exploring new opportunities to enhance leisure activities within our community.’