Hoe Valley School and community leisure facilities development
Works to construct a state-of-the-art secondary school and community leisure facilities on land adjacent to Egley Road began in June 2016.
Approximately 22 acres, the site was acquired by Woking Borough Council to enable the provision of a secondary school that meets the educational needs of young people aged between 11 and 19, as well as providing publically accessible community sports and leisure facilities.
Planning approval was obtained for the development in December 2015 following referral to the Secretary of State as Exception to Green Belt Policy.
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The four acre school development, to be occupied by Hoe Valley School, will consist of a three storey building containing two teaching wings, fully equipped science labs, specialist teaching facilities for music, drama, art and technology, a library and separate learning resource centre, main hall, dining and reception areas, multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and shared access to the leisure and sports facilities.
Community leisure facilities
The leisure and sports facilities, for use by both the local community and school, are to be operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Woking Borough Council, will comprise a five badminton court sports hall, fitness gym, two studio rooms, club/meeting room and viewing gallery for use by centre users.
Externally, there will be an eight lane athletics track, two grass sports pitches (one adult, one junior) and three all weather five-a-side artificial grass pitches.
The site will be accessed via a new traffic light controlled junction and crossing on Egley Road. Over 230 car park spaces, motorcycle spaces and bicycle parking will be on site with adequate capacity for coach drop-off and pick-up.
Once building works are complete, the site will be full landscaped to create a green and welcoming environment.
The contractor for the development is Willmott Dixon.
It is expected that the school building will be open and occupied by Hoe Valley School from September 2018, the beginning of the 2018 academic year. It is expected that the leisure facilities will open to the School at the same time, whilst to the public in early 2019.
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