The School has exciting plans to move to a new sustainable campus on land adjacent to our Derby Fields site on Alderley Road. The ‘2020 Vision’ will provide state-of-the-art accommodation that will meet the School’s educational needs well into the next century.
The project is based on a turnkey operation, with the school’s current sites being released for housing once the new school is ready. We are on target to deliver our ambitions plans ready for a start in the new school in September 2020.
On 7 August 2018, Governors approved a build contract and finance agreement to deliver the School’s 2020 Vision.
The transformative £60m development is the most ambitious in the School’s 516-year history and will number amongst the largest educational projects in the country. It is designed to deliver some of the finest day school facilities to be found anywhere in the UK on an 80-acre site on the fringes of Macclesfield and Prestbury.
Vinci Construction UK has been appointed as lead contractor and has previously delivered landmark buildings, such as the Waters HQ in Wilmslow. Award-winning multi-disciplinary practice, Pick Everard are project architects.
Preliminary works started over the summer and the new school will be delivered for May 2020, well in time for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Final lessons will take place at Cumberland Street and on Fence Avenue in July 2020.
Dr John Kennerley, Chair of Governors at King’s, said, “We are delighted to be able to launch our 2020 Vision for King’s. It will deliver not just a fantastic new campus for our pupils, but enable us to develop further community use of the school beyond the twenty-seven organisations that already share our facilities.”
The cost of the new school will largely be met from the sale of the school’s current sites, which will be developed for housing. Savills development director, Ed Rooney, commented, “We are delighted to have assisted with the planning and land disposal process and to have concluded one of the largest residential land transactions to date in the North of England.”
King’s Headmaster, Dr Simon Hyde, commented, “We are extremely keen to ensure that our legacy is a positive one both for the school and Macclesfield in general. The development of a mix of sustainable housing close to the town centre will hopefully continue both to bolster the attractiveness of Macclesfield as a place to live and to support the many excellent new shops and businesses currently taking root.”
Since we slaunched our 2020 Vision back in 2012, we have overcome all the hurdles and challenges facing us. Cheshire East Planning Authority approved the School’s applications in July 2016, permitting the redevelopment of our current sites at Fence Avenue and Westminster Road as well as the building of the new school.
The new campus will transform and centralise the School’s facilities, meeting modern educational requirements. Project architects are Pick Everard, who have previously worked with Leicester Grammar School to deliver a similar relocation project. In March 2017, following a significant donation from a former King's pupil, the School purchased the 50 acres of the land adjacent to Derby Fields. More recently, the School has purchased Fallibroome Farm and paddocks. This will allow us to create a new school campus of around 80 acres, which will be amongst the largest day school campuses in the country.
Headmaster Dr Simon Hyde says: “There is a strong educational case for co-locating all of our pupils, from Pre-School to the Sixth Form, on a new, single-site. We are extremely proud of our history and we do not wish to change either the ethos or the feel of our school, but the opportunity to redevelop our facilities is welcome. Our intention is to deliver an outstanding educational establishment, rivalling the best in Britain, with facilities that match and enhance our already outstanding academic, cultural and sporting reputation.”
The multi-million pound new school campus will incorporate a Sports Centre with a swimming pool, multiple rugby, cricket and Astroturf pitches, tennis and netball courts, as well as a drama and performance hall and purpose-built facilities for Infants, Juniors and Senior pupils. King’s will develop a full transport plan, with a network of buses linked with local transport hubs, for the site and its pupils.
Over its 500-year history, King’s has occupied a number of different sites in Macclesfield including the parish church, School Bank and King Edward Street. The School has operated on two sites since 1992 when it acquired and refurbished the former Macclesfield High School for Girls on Fence Avenue.
Further updates on progress will be available on this page as the School’s 2020 Vision nears its final stages.