The King’s School has had a state of the art ‘green’ upgrade thanks to an award-winning builder.

Founded in 1541 by Henry VIII, the Wrexham Road independent school has had a new £1.5 million Learning Centre extension to its junior school completed by Anwyl Construction.

The Rhyl-based company have also started work on a second project at the site - a £2.1 million new infants school called Willow Lodge.

Anwyl Construction at King's School Chester. Completion of the Junior school. Andy Adamson, site manager; Matthew Allport, deputy site manager; Tom Anwyl, Anwyl Construction Director; Simon Malone, Head of The King's Junior School and Paul Cotter, The Kings School Estates Manager.
 

The new Learning Centre features a science laboratory, a design technology workshop, art studio, a learning support room, a new library, new reception area and an outdoor classroom. The Siberian larch timber clad building also features a green, sedum roof with a rainwater harvesting tank and an air-source heating system – the only gas supply is for the science lab Bunsen burner.

Site manager Andy Adamson, 46, who joined Anwyl as an apprentice joiner, said: “It’s a really lovely building and built to very high environmental standards with rainwater for the toilets and an air-source heating system.

“The project has gone very well, it was finished in 24 weeks and now we’ve moved to start construction of Willow Lodge and we’re making good progress on that.”

Anwyl Construction at King's School Chester. Completion of the Junior school. Andy Adamson, site manager; Matthew Allport, deputy site manager; Tom Anwyl, Anwyl Director; Simon Malone, Head of The King's Junior School and Paul Cotter, The Kings School Estates Manager.
 

Anwyl Construction director Tom Anwyl said: “We’re very pleased to be working with such a prestigious client as The King’s School on such an important project and one that features the most modern building techniques.

“It is important for us to demonstrate that we have the skills, the experience and the high quality workforce in this area to carry out major projects like this.

“Andy is a case in point, having joined us as a teenager and we estimate that 20 per cent of our workforce began their careers in the building industry with us and so did many of the sub-contractors that we use.”

Simon Malone, head of the junior school, said: “The pupils moved in last month and we’re absolutely delighted. It’s everything we hoped for and more.”