Merchant Taylors’ Junior and Infant School, Crosby

Fantastic new extension and refurbishment to the prestigious Merchant Taylors’ School
Merchant Taylors' School
February 2015
Saunders Bell
Client's Specification


The two-phase Stanfield redevelopment delivers a two storey extension, forming new classrooms, specialist teaching rooms and offices to enhance the schools' facilities for the next generation of pupils.

Phase one of the project completed in 2014 and phase two, which comprises rebuilding the back of the school, was finalised in early 2015.

The project includes partial demolition of the existing buildings and the formation of a new horizontal extension linked to the remaining original buildings.

The extension provides a new reception, several classrooms, a dining hall and kitchen. External works create a new children’s play area.

local-workforce   89.3%  Local workforce               waste-recycled   100% Waste recycling     ccs-score   42/50 Considerate Constructors score     00_education   8 Career workshops completed

Key Challenges

We worked closely with the school team to ensure no disruption to the occupied buildings while we were on site.

In particular we were keen to engage with the school on the proposed logistics to ensure safety and wellbeing for staff, pupils, parents, visitors and the public.

The Project Manager, Kevin Burgoyne had regular meetings with the school throughout delivery to ensure that there was no disruption to education, meeting daily with the school representative to discuss activities for the day and any specific hazards.

Added Value

In discussions with the school we discovered they would value pupil engagement in the construction project which could support and enrich curriculum learning.

Working closely with the teaching staff, we arranged activities such as art competitions on the theme of safety and a brick signing event, where pupils signed a numbered brick which was then put into the main wall with a chart showing where each brick was positioned.

Whilst giving pupils a stake in the new building, this also supported maths and technology subjects. The brick signing followed an event at which England Captain, Steven Gerrard signed a steel girder to mark the school’s investment in their new facilities.

Client Feedback

“The staff, pupils and parents are absolutely thrilled with the new facilities. I would like to thank the builders Eric Wright for their expert handling of such a major redevelopment, most of which took place whilst the school was fully operational. We now feel they are very much part of the Merchants’ family.”
Miss Julie Yardley
Head of Merchant Taylor's Primary School, Stanfield

“We are absolutely delighted with the new build. It has provided state of the art facilities for our Primary School boys and girls. Eric Wright were a pleasure to work with and considering most of the build took place during school time there was minimal disruption. In fact Eric Wright very much became part of our Merchants’ family of Schools and took many opportunities during the two year process to educate our children about the topics of engineering, design and construction demonstrating how subjects such as maths and science are very important to these areas.”
Mrs. Louise Robinson
Merchant Taylors' Junior and Infant School

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