Hull Esteem is about to start on two more school expansion projects in Hull, as part of a £50 million investment into the city’s schools to increase pupil places, choice and provide outstanding learning environments for the next generation.

Malet Lambert and Sirius Academy North will both see expansion works begin in January 2022, which will increase the number of places at each secondary school by 150.

At Malet Lambert the work includes a new large indoor multi-use area, to provide more capacity during lunchtimes and exam periods, along with an increase to indoor sporting facilities allowing pupils access to more sports. There will also be five new classrooms to accommodate more pupils.

At Sirius Academy North a new extension block will be built containing six classrooms, additional PE space and an increase to the schools dining capacity.

Both schemes are due to be complete by August 2022, ready for pupils at the start of the new school year in September.

Esteem’s General Manager, Gavin Barley said:

“The team have worked hard behind-the-scenes to bring the planning of these projects to fruition, and we can break off for Christmas knowing we have an exciting start to the year.

“We’re delighted to be working on two more Secondary school expansion schemes, priding ourselves on the amount of new and improved education facilities we deliver across the city on behalf of the Council, and now adding Sirius and Malet to our portfolio is another huge milestone.”

Geo Houlton & Sons Ltd has been appointed to carry out the works on both schools based on their delivery of similar educational schemes across Hull on behalf of Esteem.

The start of building works at these two secondary schools comes as other major schemes head towards completion.

Frederick Holmes Special School has been undergoing Special Educational Needs (SEN) remodelling, providing improved internal and external SEN facilities, and is due to complete this month. Broadacre Primary School’s brand purpose-built school for children with autism, is due to complete in February.

Kingswood Academy extension, creating 150 more pupil places, is due to be completed in March and Boulevard Academy works, creating an additional 300 places, will be complete in August 2022.

Councillor Shane McMurray, portfolio holder for children’s services said: “We are committed to expanding good and outstanding provision to give more children and families their first choice.

“We want to provide the best education possible in the best learning environments possible. It is also vital that as pressures for SEN places increase we are proactive with the development of improved SEN facilities to cope with this demand.”

This investment in Hull’s schools is the largest since the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

All of these projects are built considering future impacts on climate change; designed with durability and resilience in mind, built to maximise energy efficiency and contributing to low carbon emissions. All schools have energy efficient lighting and schools including the new build Broadacre Primary, Kingswood Academy and St. Mary’s College have solar panels installed. More schools are having electric vehicle charging points fitted, including Kingswood Academy, Broadacre Primary and Malet Lambert.