Prudhoe High School, Newcastle, is a new two storey building including a 4-court community sports hall with capacity for 880 pupils aged between 13 – 18 years. The £12.5 million pound development is located on the existing school site and is just one of a number of major school development contracts which have been secured by Armstrong Priestley.
Armstrong Priestley were awarded the contract to design and install the fire sprinkler protection, which was designed to BS EN 12845 with Ordinary Hazard 1 risk classification. The design was a fully calculated system using the Canute-FHC software and consisted of one OH1 x 30m rated fire pump and one 36 m3 sprinkler water storage tank.
The build itself was funded by the Education Funding Agency following a successful bid to the agency from Northumberland County Council. A further £272.000 was also awarded by Sport England to increase the size of the hall and supporting accommodation for community use.
Former Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that the Prudhoe Community High School was one of 261 schools across the country which would be rebuilt through the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP.)
Head Teacher Deborah Reeman said:
‘’Prudhoe Community High School is a unique place to learn and partake in wider community activities, such as sport and the Arts, and we are delighted for everyone who will benefit from sharing and using these new facilities. We aspire to be one of the best schools in the North East of England and a new fit for purpose building will support us in achieving our ambitions. We look forward to the exciting opportunities it will offer, not only to our students and staff, but also our wider community’’.
The work carried out by Armstrong Priestley was delivered on time enabling the school to be ready for the new academic year.