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Competition: Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
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Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School is recruiting a design team for a major new learning resource centre on its Sutton Coldfield campus

The winner of the estimated £225,000 contract will draw up plans for a three-storey block for the historic West Midlands state grammar school which was founded by the Bishop of Exeter, John Vesey, in 1527 and today has more than 1,000 pupils.

The project will create a learning resource centre for the school as well as new dining facilities, toilets, computer laboratories, breakout spaces and drama areas. The commission comes two years after local practice RJA Architects completed a £2.3 million STEM building on the campus.

The tender will select a team to deliver ‘the innovative design’ of a learning resource centre to RIBA Stage 4 and to ‘ensure performance specified work for a JCT contract in accordance with outline specifications and reference to the Department for Education’s Building Bulletin 103 and statutory responsibilities’.

In its brief, the school says: ‘We are in need of the following developments to allow our school to flourish, and our students to realise their full potential: additional dining facilities, additional ancillary facilities such as toilets, more computer space for independent study, breakout space for our sixth-formers to work both independently and collaboratively, and drama/performance space for our talented students.’

Bishop Vesey’s is a boys school with a mixed-gender sixth form. It occupies a large campus in the centre of Sutton Coldfield, a short distance from the train station.

The latest project will expand the school estate which features historic buildings dating back to the early 18th century. The winning team will develop plans for a new learning resource centre up to RIBA Stage 4.

The deadline for applications is midday, 17 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Graham Swindells
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
Lichfield Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B74 2NH

Tel: +44 1212505400
Email: g.swindells@bishopveseys.bham.sch.uk 

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