Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy

The opening of Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy illustrates a new era in educational building and stands as a beacon of inspirational innovation. Equipped from top to bottom, inside and out, with the latest in cutting-edge school design elements, Lynch Hill is an extraordinary and motivational new learning environment for children.

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Standing as a ‘best in class’ model of the school of the future, Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy marked a record-breaking building project by offsite specialists The McAvoy Group who completed the school 17 weeks ahead of schedule – despite a three month delay.

The £20m school, situated at the town’s Stoke Road, is understood to be one of the UK’s largest ever post-primary modular schools. Spanning a massive 8750m2 the building accommodates 1140 pupils across a 2.87 hectares site. The project was commissioned by The Learning Alliance Academy Trust, with the contract being awarded through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Framework for Modular Building Systems which is funded through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The completed three-storey secondary school development is a truly state-of-the-art educational campus and comprises a four-court sports hall, multi-use games area, playing fields, car parking areas and extensive landscaping. 65% of the build area was constructed offsite.

As principal contractor McAvoy was responsible for leading the project from feasibility approval, outline and design, through to planning and delivery of the challenging and complex scheme. With a traditional portal frame, core tolerances were extremely tight and had to be checked regularly in order to ensure the modular wrap around fitted into place.

McAvoy engaged with the client, planners and local authority at the earliest possible opportunity to agree a design plan, giving each stakeholder a comprehensive input into the blueprints.

Each link in the supply chain was carefully overseen by McAvoy to avoid potentially costly problems with the collaborative liaison between the stakeholders succeeding in keeping the manufacturing facility abreast of any changes. Regular meetings were also held with Slough Borough Council, which was in the process of constructing a football stadium concurrent with the Lynch Hill scheme, to coordinate the movements of heavy construction vehicles from both developments which shared a single and tight access point.

The McAvoy Group’s Executive Chair, Orla Corr said: “The scale of Lynch Hill marks a new era in McAvoy’s offsite capability with the project requiring us to produce our largest ever modules to facilitate one of the biggest post primary modular schools ever to be manufactured in the UK.”

School head, Jane Everton, identified early engagement as a key attraction of offsite as it enabled her to specify the optimal fixtures, fittings and equipment bearing the school’s bright and inspiring brand colours.