Work has started on a significant 489m2 extension to the Martin Pryce Sports Hall at Ditcham Park School which will extend and improve sports facilities and provide additional classrooms ready for pupils to use in September 2021.
Headmaster Graham Spawforth explains: “This is a significant investment in the facilities used and enjoyed by our pupils, staff and our wider community. The project will create a double height sports hall, an activity room, additional changing rooms and two spacious classrooms. The scheme will release other spaces in high demand, such as the South Downs Hall which is used for assemblies, catering, concerts and exams.
“I am grateful to our Governors for supporting this project. Planning permission was approved in Autumn 2019 and building work was originally scheduled to begin in March 2020 however a decision was made to delay the start of construction due to the uncertainties created by the Coronavirus pandemic. We were delighted when building began in January this year and we expect the project to be completed in August, in time for the start of the new academic year this September.”
Chair of Governors, Chris Pickett, said: “The enhanced facilities will benefit all our pupils from Nursery through to Juniors and Seniors. Sport is an important part of life at Ditcham and this project will provide valuable additional facilities and create flexibility for other spaces in school. The project is part of our Development Plan and a tangible demonstration of the Board of Governors commitment and investment in our current staff and pupils and signals confidence for the future to our prospective parents and staff.”
Neil Barker, Architect and Director of local practice AVLTD, said: “We have translated the school’s brief for this facility, as a first stage in its long-term strategic masterplan for the school site and facilities. We’re pleased to see work well underway, closely following our Design, Specification and Programme.”
Simon Winkworth from Mountjoy Ltd added: “We are delighted to be delivering this building project for Ditcham. We have been fortunate with the weather so far and work has progressed with ease. Our site team enjoy the regular visits by pupils and in particular Dragonflies Nursery pupils who are always excited to see the large diggers in action!”