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Isle of Wight School Regeneration

Two new primary schools for the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight School Regeneration schemes consist of the construction of two new primary schools and the refurbishment of the other schools on the Isle of Wight as part of a project to update the education facilities on the isle of wight. A change from a Primary / Middle school / Secondary system to the primary / secondary system found on the mainland is the driver for these developments.

The Haylands Primary School build consists of approximately 2600 square metres of classroom, reception and core area space for Key Stage 1 (years 1&2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) pupils. The new school will provide spaces for 420 pupils and 50 staff.

Construction consists of a two storey steel frame. The composite steel / concrete action at first floor has been utilized to reduce the structural zone, providing a lighter structure; subsequently providing more headroom in the classrooms, an increased zone for services and a reduction in foundation size. This greatly helps reduce build costs and improves the finished building.

'These economical and efficient solutions saved on build cost and improved constructability.'

The considerably sloping site has also required specialist engineering design and again Tully De'Ath have been able to save money over the original design. Rather than use sheet piling for the retaining walls a Andacrib and Permacrib solution has been used which not only saves money but is more aesthetically pleasing. (See Permacrib image above right)

The Construction of the St. Francis Primary School is of a similar size and also offers 2600 square metres of classroom, reception and core area space for Key Stage 1 (years 1&2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) pupils.

Its construction is a single storey steel frame with three independently stable blocks located on 3 tiers to accommodate the sloping site.

Isle of Wight School Regeneration Project Details

IOW Council and Willmott Dixon Construction

HNW (Harding Neill & Watson)

Contract Value
£12m over both schools




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