Place House Building Project - Dame Alice's Blog
Welcome to my blog. This is the place to come to find out the very latest on progress with the Place House building project - the permanent site for Ealing Fields High School.
5th January 2018
When Ealing Fields High School was opened in 2016 the intention was that the school would move into the permanent site after two years and the temporary accommodation at Wyke Gardens was planned on this basis. However, due to the delay in getting the lease for the permanent site finalised (in April 2017) and despite the best efforts of the Trust, the ESFA and the contractors, the permanent building is unlikely to be ready for occupation until September 2020. In the meantime, there will be a need to admit two more year groups of 120 pupils in 2018 and 2019 to meet local demand for places.
AECOM on behalf of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are now submitting a full planning application to Ealing Council seeking temporary planning permission for the retention of the current school buildings on the site at Wyke Gardens, Hanwell, London plus the installation of a third two storey temporary modular unit with associated hardstanding. This is for a temporary period until August 2020.
Whilst we are aware this is not an ideal situation, we are confident that we can ensure this additional accommodation provides not just additional space for the additional year groups but better facilities for specialist teaching and a more conducive learning environment for those pupils who have already been in the temporary buildings to date.
14th December 2017
We are very grateful to the lead architect, Caroline Mayes of Stride Treglown who came into school yesterday to lead students in a workshop with the aim of getting their ideas for input into the project. 12 students met with representatives of the architects, who are working with the construction company Bowmer & Kirkland on the new school.
The architects described the process which is gone through when taking on a major project of his sort as well as giving information about architecture as a career.
Student reps also played their part by reflecting on the features they wanted the school to have as well as its overall ‘vibe’. Everyone agreed that it is a great balance to have a school which has modern facilities but which retains some of its historical features. The students wanted a ‘welcoming and calm school to be proud of." Their most original suggestion was that a sculpture, perhaps in the listed turning circle, to represent Ealing Fields, would be a great addition.
8th November 2017
During this course of this half-term we have been having a series of Client Engagement Meetings with the building contractors, architects and other experts involved in the design and planning of the new school at Place House.
Most of these meetings have been held elsewhere because we simply don’t have sufficient room to fit all the team in comfortably at the moment but one was held at Ealing Fields so we took the opportunity to introduce the team to some of our pupils, namely the Year 7 and 8 class reps. The photograph shows the contractor explaining to the students how they move from flat space floor plans to scale cardboard models which help the team see the building in the context of the surrounding area.
19th October 2017
The school is delighted to announce that contractors have now been appointed and the budget agreed for the renovation of the school's permanent home, Place House on Little Ealing Lane.
The multi-million pound project will include renovation of the listed building on the site as well as building two new state of the art specialist blocks, including excellent facilities for music, demonstrating further the long-term commitment to music education and involvement across Trust schools.
Design work will start over the half-term period in the hope that plans can be finalised by Christmas for submission to Planning authorities.
To mark this major milestone, some members of the new Local Governing Body of the school undertook a site visit last week and admired some of the period features which will make the school a very distinctive learning environment. This includes the stylish drawing room which in its day hosted a visit from Queen Victoria. Mr. Woodham and Ms. Trewin can be seen making themselves very much at home!
20th September 2017
Further to a consultation period and approval from both Ealing Fields local governing body and Twyford Trust Directors, an application was made to the Department of Education to bring Ealing Fields High School into the Twyford CofE Academies Trust.
We are delighted to announce that we have now received approval and welcomed Ealing Fields as the newest school in the Twyford CofE Academies Trust family on 1st September 2017.
We will be working hard with the staff team to establish the very best opportunities for students at Ealing Fields as it moves into its second year of operation as well as pressing ahead with the exciting plans for the school’s permanent site on Little Ealing Lane.
25th April 2017
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have secured our permanent site for the School, the former King Fahad Academy on Little Ealing Lane. This is wonderful news for our students, staff, parents and carers who I know have been anxious for updates on progress.
As many of you are aware, securing the site has been a long and demanding process but we are now in a position to move forward with developing the site. Detailed building surveys began during the later stages of the negotiations and we hope that we will soon be in a position to share greater detail about the proposed build programme.
It is an exciting site with plenty of space and listed architectural features. It should result in an impressive building for the School. Once we have moved we will continue to use our current site (Wyke Gardens) for sports and recreational activities.
I would like to thank you for your patience and tolerance with regard to the lack of information we have been able to share with you to date. We are looking forward to sharing plenty of information about the progress we are making towards creating a school building that befits our fantastic students.
Judith Mortell, Chair of the Board of Governors