Plans for a new building at Newcastle High School for Girls have been unveiled.

The school’s iconic Victorian buildings at Tankerville Terrace, in Jesmond, will be remodelled following the merger of Central Newcastle High School and Church High School to create the institution.

The new extension, designed by architects Ellis Williams, will include a multi-purpose assembly hall, dining room, fitness suite, state of the art science labs and additional classroom spaces.

The project, led by Wates Construction, will also include landscaping of the whole site and work is due to get under way this month, with completion scheduled for summer 2016.

Artist’s impression of how the new 3,625 sq m three-storey school building would look

Hilary French, headmistress at Newcastle High School for Girls Day School Trust, added: “The merger of Central Newcastle High School and Church High School for Girls has provided the opportunity to create a superb new senior school for Newcastle High School for Girls.

“The development of the previous Church High site at Tankerville Terrace will enable us to create the very best learning environment for girls and support our vision for girls’ education in the 21st century.

“We were impressed by Wates’ professionalism and their track record of success on other Girls’ Day School Trust projects and are looking forward to working with them.”

Paul Dodsworth, business unit director for Wates Construction North East and Yorkshire, which has been awarded the £11m contract by the Girls’ Day School Trust, added: “Our appointment to redevelop Newcastle High School for Girls is a significant landmark in our growth plans for the business and reflects our excellent reputation in the education sector.

“Wates has delivered over 40,000 school places in the past three years, which has given us a wealth of experience in addressing the individual curriculum needs of each school whilst ensuring that minimal disruption is caused during construction.”

When completed, the school will boast a new 3,625 sq m three-storey site.


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