King’s breaks ground on £60m new build

Governors of the King’s School have approved a build contract and finance agreement to deliver the School’s 2020 Vision.

Chair of Governors Dr John Kennerley and Headmaster Dr. Simon Hyde. Chair of Governors Dr John Kennerley and Headmaster Dr. Simon Hyde.

The transformative £60m development is the most ambitious in the school’s 516-year history and will number amongst the largest educational projects in the country. It is designed to deliver some of the finest day school facilities to be found anywhere in the UK on an 80-acre site on the fringes of Macclesfield and Prestbury.

Vinci Construction UK has been appointed as lead contractor and has previously delivered landmark buildings, such as the Waters HQ in Wilmslow. Award-winning multi-disciplinary practice, Pick Everard are project architects.

Preliminary works started over the summer and the new school will be delivered for May 2020, well in time for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Final lessons will take place at Cumberland Street and on Fence Avenue in July 2020.

Dr John Kennerley, Chair of Governors at King’s, said, “We are delighted to be able to launch our 2020 Vision for King’s. It will deliver not just a fantastic new campus for our pupils, but enable us to develop further community use of the school beyond the twenty-seven organisations that already share our facilities.”

The cost of the new school will largely be met from the sale of the school’s current sites, which will be developed for housing. Savills development director, Ed Rooney, commented, “We are delighted to have assisted with the planning and land disposal process and to have concluded one of the largest residential land transactions to date in the North of England.”

King’s headmaster, Dr Simon Hyde, said, “We are extremely keen to ensure that our legacy is a positive one both for the school and Macclesfield in general. The development of a mix of sustainable housing close to the town centre will hopefully continue both to bolster the attractiveness of Macclesfield as a place to live and to support the many excellent new shops and businesses currently taking root.”






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