Works to construct a state-of-the-art secondary school and community leisure facilities on land adjacent to Egley Road began in June 2016.
Approximately 22 acres, the site was acquired by Woking Borough Council to enable the provision of a secondary school that meets the educational needs of young people aged between 11 and 19, as well as providing publically accessible community sports and leisure facilities, known as Woking Sportsbox..
Planning approval was obtained for the development in December 2015 following referral to the Secretary of State as Exception to Green Belt Policy.
The four acre school development, which will open this September (2018), consists of a three storey building containing two teaching wings, fully equipped science labs, specialist teaching facilities for music, drama, art and technology, a library and separate learning resource centre, main hall, dining and reception areas, multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and shared access to the leisure and sports facilities.
The leisure and sports facilities, for use by both the local community and school, are operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Woking Borough Council, and comprise a five badminton court sports hall, fitness gym, two studio rooms, club/meeting room and viewing gallery for use by centre users. These facilities opened on 30 July 2018.
Externally, there is an eight lane athletics track, two grass sports pitches (one adult, one junior) and three all weather five-a-side artificial grass pitches. These external facilities will open this September (2018).
The site is accessed via a new traffic light controlled junction and crossing on Egley Road. Over 230 car park spaces, motorcycle spaces and bicycle parking are on site with adequate capacity for coach drop-off and pick-up.
The project was handed over at the end of May 2018 to Woking Borough Council and Hoe Valley School. Work is on going to fit out the school in readiness for its September 2018 opening.
The project was completed successfully on time and within budget.
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