Central Bedfordshire Council’s review of its New School Places Programme identified a need for additional school places to be provided within the Ampthill area. The need has arisen through the delivery of the new housing in and around the town, generating increased demands for locally based educational services. The Council identified Alameda Middle School as a suitable location for the provision of 120 new school places. New teaching facilities were therefore required to expand the accommodation currently provided.
Our scheme to build a substantial new building for the school was approved by Committee, who congratulated the team on ‘such an innovative design which will be iconic in the town’.
The new building will be delivered in three phases. Phase one, providing six classrooms, three group rooms and associated ancillary space was completed in August 2014. The next two phases, incorporating four additional classrooms, a multipurpose hall and further ancillary spaces will be built at a later stage.
The project also includes expansion of the playground area to provide a trim trail, replacement and additional parking and a coach turning facility. New canopies will be erected over the existing quad areas, together with the provision of new gates and a new pupil entrance.
The scheme also incorporates internal reconfiguration of the existing school for improved facilities to support its SEN provision and technology resources.