Tuesday, May 9, 2023

News: Clegg Construction goes back to school in Rotherham


Clegg Construction has been awarded the contract to work on an exciting £5.9m renovation scheme to repurpose the derelict Maltby Grammar School in Rotherham into a community resource and education facility.

Work got underway recently on the project, part of a winning bid secured by Rotherham Council through the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, that will extend the Trust’s Post 16 specialist facilities, and create an incubator space for training, apprenticeships, and start up support in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

The company has pledged to support a range of local health and wellbeing projects and employment and skills development opportunities during the contract, and it is estimated that up to £1.25m will be pumped into the local economy after Clegg committed to use as many local sub-contractors, suppliers and enterprises as possible.

Ross Crowcroft, Pre-Construction Director at Clegg Construction, said: “Maltby Grammar School has played a pivotal role in the local community over many decades and the team at Clegg Construction is very pleased to be breathing new life into this historic building and giving it a future.

“This project will provide significant new facilities for the area in terms of learning and development. We have pledged to support the local community in a number of ways during the duration of this project as part of our commitment to the communities that we work in.

“We are pleased to have now made a start on site and look forward to the renovation project progressing over the coming months. We have wide experience of working both within the heritage sector and the education sector, so this scheme is a perfect fit for our expertise at Clegg Construction.”

Built in the early 1930s, the school closed in 2012 and had fallen into a state of disrepair after being mothballed.

Maltby Learning Trust is now bringing the historic building back into use with plans which include the creation of incubator space for training and apprenticeships, bookable workspaces and serviced hot-desking, and start-up support for the leisure and hospitality sectors.

The re-purposed building – known for its impressive clock tower – will also extend Maltby Learning Trust’s Post 16 specialist facilities for students who attend Maltby Academy and Sir Thomas Wharton Academy sixth form provision.

Clegg Construction has just started work on site to refurbish the building and also to build a new steel frame extension in the existing courtyard to provide space for an exhibition hall.

The company is also exploring opportunities to work with the school’s estates team to create outdoor space for tree and flower planting, along with bee and butterfly corridors.

Other members of the team working alongside Clegg Construction include Self Architects, engineer GCA Ltd and employer’s agent and project manager Cube.

The renovation is due to be completed at the end of this year.

Clegg Construction website

Images: Maltby Learning Trust


Anonymous,  May 9, 2023 at 4:35 PM  

Nick's done very well for himself since being kicked out of Parliament for selling his soul to Cameron.

Anonymous,  May 10, 2023 at 10:17 AM  

Interesting to note that Clegg Construction are headquartered in Nottingham. Yet again, rather than retaining skills and jobs within Rotherham or South Yorkshire the money allocated ultimately goes elsewhere.

Yes, I know the article mentions that they'll be working with local subcontractors. Surely we should be supporting our own supply chains first, especially with a project like Levelling Up.

Anonymous,  May 10, 2023 at 4:42 PM  

Everyone but Alexander Stafford now realise that Levelling Up is nothing more than a sick joke. A slogan designed to attract Labour voters and then kick them in the teeth.

Anonymous,  May 12, 2023 at 1:45 AM  

Let's not forget it was Labour that privatised the schools

Anonymous,  May 12, 2023 at 12:21 PM  

Actually not. Privatisation of education began under the Conservative government of 1988-1997 although it continued under successive governments including that of New Labour.

Anonymous,  May 13, 2023 at 12:41 AM  

Altogether now:
Infamy, infamy......

Anonymous,  May 13, 2023 at 1:51 PM  

The academy systems were introduced by New Labour in 1997, along with the introduction of tuition fees for students.

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