08 November 2018

Exciting future for ‘Outstanding’ Wiltshire Academy as Mi-space begins extension scheme

An Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Wiltshire school is looking forward to an exciting future after Mi-space began work to boost its facilities.

Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, is set to transform Wellington Academy, Tidworth, by creating a new teaching block which will welcome 300 extra students when complete. The project also includes the creation of new kitchen facilities as well as a sports pitch and additional car parking.

The project team has been on the site since the beginning of September and is due to complete the scheme by next summer, in readiness for the 2019 academic year. The development is being created on behalf of Mi-Space’s customer, Wiltshire Council. Wellington Academy is rated Outstanding for state boarding provision by Ofsted.

Ian Farrell, Divisional Director of Mi-space, said: “We are pleased to be carrying out this much anticipated extension for Wellington Academy and Wiltshire Council. It is sure to have a hugely positive impact on the students, staff and future generations who will all benefit from its facilities.

“As award winning customer service providers, we are also passionate about working with the Academy which will remain open throughout the works. This does require careful site segregation and noise management, but by working in close partnership, we will keep disruption to a minimum.”

As the site is part of the Wiltshire Biodiversity Action Plan, Ian added that Mi-space supported the creation of an Ecological Management Plan. This includes the maintenance of existing unmanaged grassland for the benefit of wildlife as well as establishing a new meadow grassland area.

Works will also include the planting of more than 40 trees around the new building and car park, fitting of eight bird boxes, and the creation of log piles for reptile habitat. The Mi-space team will also reuse loose, non-contaminated soil from the construction to form habitats in the meadow.

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