Belmont Appoints Ascia Construction To Develop New School Buildings

04 November 2021

Belmont School is delighted to announce the appointment of Ascia Construction to develop the school’s new teaching wing, the Aquileon Building, designed by Morse Webb architects.  Work will commence at the school in Holmbury St Mary on Monday 8th November and is anticipated to be completed in the final quarter of 2022.

The Aquileon Building will increase the facilities at the school substantially with the addition of six new senior classrooms, a new IT Suite, two Art studios, Photography Department, a Performance Studio for Drama, Dance and the Performing Arts, a Wellbeing Centre and Tutorial rooms.  The new building will tie into the existing Theatre block and will enjoy southerly views over the surrounding Surrey Hills countryside.

Together with the Aquileon Building, Ascia will be working concurrently on the construction of a new Head’s House.  The original house was demolished to make way for the Aquileon Building and the new Head’s House will be sited elsewhere on the Belmont School estate as part of the School’s continued provision of boarding for pupils wishing to stay overnight during the school week.

Mrs Claire Candlish, Bursar at Belmont and the School’s Project Manager for the expansion programme says, “We are delighted to be working with Ascia who we selected based on their experience of working within a live school environment and with similar size projects.  Of all the bidders, their commitment to working with schools safely and collaboratively is impressive.”

Ascia’s Managing Director Neil Cole says “We are thrilled to have been appointed as the lead contractor.  We look forward to working on and delivering this exciting project.”

Mrs Skrine, Headmistress at Belmont School comments, “It is exciting to see the project a reality after it was delayed due to the national pandemic.  It marks an important milestone in our expansion plans: since 2019 we have acquired additional football and cricket pitches, added a new Chemistry laboratory and a new Design and Technology Suite as well as recruiting additional staff.  The success of Belmont School has enabled us to extend our bursarial provision in order to enable pupils from a diverse background to benefit from an outstanding education and will provide new GCSE classrooms whilst providing state of the art facilities for both prep and senior pupils in Art, IT, Drama, Dance and Wellbeing.”

Those wishing to follow the development of the project should follow #Belmontisexpanding on social media.

Picture, courtesy of Morse Webb architects, shows the forthcoming Aquileon Building next to Belmont’s current main school building, Feldemore.
Picture, courtesy of Morse Webb architects, shows the forthcoming Aquileon Building next to Belmont’s current main school building, Feldemore.