Stepnell proves to be ‘the best in the field’ as it starts on site at new sports hub

Construction has started on a new £6 million sports hub at the prestigious Gordon’s School - an academically non-selective state boarding school in Woking.

Gordon's School's new sports hub in Woking
Gordon's School's new sports hub in Woking

Award-winning construction firm *Stepnell has been appointed to build the new sporting facility for the pupils and staff, which will be delivered over a 36-week programme.

It has been designed by NVB Architects.

Rob Speirs, regional director at Stepnell said, “Gordon’s School is an amazing establishment and we are committed to ensuring that the sports hub reflects the high standards that are already exceeded by the school.”

He added,  “We’re really pleased to be involved in a project that will help sporting development in the school curriculum. Physical education teaches students the importance of teamwork, communication and discipline - attributes that are all essential for future employment and are used by our own teams on site.”

The design

The ultra-modern build will include a 1,223 square metre sports hall with associated changing rooms and supporting spaces. The sports hall is based on the recommendations set out by Sport England guidance.

 A new all-weather pitch will also be installed with the help of S&C Slatter to provide a high-quality playing surface for both football and rugby.

Combined with the school’s existing hockey pitch, netball courts and established playing fields - a sports hub to help promote and strengthen the school’s ‘sport for all’ approach will be created.

Stepnell – an education sector specialist

Gordon’s School will be a welcome addition to Stepnell’s large portfolio of both public and private sector clients.

The company has a proud history of refurbishing, designing and building educational facilities so understands the complexities of educational construction. It has been anticipating risks and opportunities to help Gordon’s School maximise the whole life value of its investment.

Rob points out that “The team is highly experienced in negotiating live sites and has put special measures in place to ensure the safety of all staff and students is maintained whilst the work is taking place.

Susan Meikle, Bursar at Gordon’s School, said: “Gordon’s School selected Stepnell not just because they tendered the best value bid, but because of the manner in which their bid was put together, as well as their experience of working in education.

“At every stage of the tender process, Stepnell sent all relevant personnel to site and clearly worked as a professional team together, along with their subcontractors. So we knew they had really considered every aspect of the project carefully, putting forward suggestions for value-engineering and really wanting the best for us the client, and therefore our students.

“Stepnell have worked with us to complete any feasible preparatory work, ensuring once on site properly, the project can run without undue delay. We look forward to completion in summer 2020.”

*Stepnell has seven regional offices in Nottingham, Wantage, Bristol, Bromsgrove, Poole, Rugby and Southampton.
The family-owned construction company has been operating for more than 150 years and prides itself on being a complete construction partner.