Community and students to benefit from improved school facilities

A large, multi-use sports hall and studio will soon be available for use by the Wolverhampton community as part of improvement works to a local school. 

The hall extension at Stowlawn Primary School in Bilston is part of a larger overhaul that will see the school building transformed by the summer of 2019, providing both the school and the local community with a versatile space for group activities and events. 

Responding to a need for more modern facilities accessible for use by the wider public, as well as greater capacity to cope with increased numbers of students, the major renovation project is being delivered by Wolverhampton-based architect Tweedale in a partnership with Kier Group.

The extension to the community hall will go hand-in-hand with expansion of the existing on-site car park, ensuring secure parking for staff and visitors during and out of school hours. 

There are two phases of work planned. The phase will involve extra classrooms added for year one and two pupils, with additional spaces for practical activities which need an adaptable space. Meanwhile, phase two will refresh the lobby area and reception desk to provide a more welcoming entrance, improve staff facilities on the first floor, add four extra classrooms and extend others for years four, five and six as well as build a new toilet block. 

Tweedale Associate, Nick Chapman, who drew up the plans for the exciting project, said: “Making improvements to educational facilities is one of our great strengths. We put a great deal of thought into our designs to ensure they provide a stimulating, yet practical, learning environment for students, tailored to their needs. 

“We have to remember, however, that school facilities are in demand for use outside of school hours, so versatility is key. Our focus for the sports hall, studio and changing rooms, therefore, was very much on making it a useable space for all. 

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing the finished results in the spring and I have no doubt that both students and the local community will be impressed with the changes.”