The redevelopment of Merchant Taylors’ School in Stanfield is progressing well. The multi-million project, which involves the complete renovation of the existing infant and junior girls school provision in Liverpool, began in July 2013 and is due to be completed by 2015.
The project includes the construction of a brand new large hall, several classrooms, resource rooms, practice rooms, a library, fully equipped medical rooms, as well as dedicated art, music and drama spaces. The main building at Stanfield will remain as part of the new facility.
Demolition of the tired infant and junior girl’s buildings on the site, which were not fit for purpose, has now been completed and works to construct the new build section are well underway. The site will combine some of the existing traditional buildings that are low maintenance and offer high energy efficiency, with the new structures. Upon completion the new facilities will be light, stimulating and designed to meet the current and future needs of this ever evolving school.
Merchant Taylors’ was established in 1620 and will celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2020. Chairman of Governors, Professor Peter Batey, said:
“We are delighted to have received approval for the plans and hope that the full redevelopment will be completed by Easter 2015. This new build underlines our confidence in the future and, with our current vision of improvement, will ensure that the Schools remain as strong for many more years to come as well as providing state of the art facilities for our current pupils.”
This redevelopment marks the next phase in Merchant Taylors’ School strategic 2020 Vision to upgrade the schools’ facilities, in a bid to ensure they remain at the forefront of education in the North West. The Stanfield project follows on from the successful opening of the £5.5 million Ian Robinson Sports centre in December 2011. This centre is now a modern, fresh facility used by the Merchants’ community as well as many members and clubs within the local area.
In 1620, Merchant Taylor John Harrison left a sum of money to found a school in Crosby. His aim was to provide an all-round education for local children, regardless of their ability to pay. Today the founders ethos continues and, as a Charitable Trust, Merchant Taylors’ Schools have a strong commitment to enabling pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds to attend the Schools; which include Senior Boys, Mixed Infants & Junior Girls, Senior Girls, Sixth Form Boys, Junior Boys and Sixth Form Girls facilities.
West Lancashire Electrical Contractors Ltd
West Lancashire Electrical Contractors Ltd specialise in electrical contracts which deal with all aspects of power, lighting, design, extra low voltage, alarms, door access and fire alarms. The company has been trading for two years and the team have so far worked with well known main contractors including Eric Wright Construction.
The firm have also worked directly for Fleetwood Football Club and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) carrying out a variety of electrical services.
Premier Construction caught up with Chris Porter, Contracts Manager with the firm, to find out more about the project. He said:
“We were employed by the main contractor Eric Wright Construction to carry out all of the projects electrical works; the firm also managed the nominated sub contractors who did the other electrical elements of the job; including the data, fire alarms, door access and security.
“Phase one of the project took six months to complete; we are about to begin phase two shortly. The project ran smoothly, we enjoy working on school and college developments as they are one of our main areas of expertise.”
“We pride ourselves on providing the client with an excellent finished product. Safety is a primary concern in the electrical industry so we ensure we leave the works aesthetically pleasing, but we also have got to be satisfied that it is safe.”