In July 2016, the Mid Group construction company announced its involvement in the Greatfields School construction project.
Working with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Surface to Air Architects, the Mid Group built this primary and secondary learning establishment. The new school lies at the heart of an area of major regeneration in East London, where new shops, two new schools, and 1,500 new homes are being created. The Weavers, as the area is known, will also create hundreds of new jobs.
The Mid Group
The Mid Group, led by Chairman Sahel Majali, is one of the fastest-growing construction companies in the UK. Founded in 2014, the organisation has established itself as a market leader in offsite construction solutions.
The Mid Group has delivered numerous major projects in the South East of England, creating vital new infrastructure and picking up several prestigious industry awards.
Located on Barking’s Gascoigne Estate, this new state-of-the-art school is being built as part of ambitious regeneration plans currently underway in East London. The new construction will feature 18 new classrooms, as well as specialist teaching areas for music, science, and design technology lessons.
Upon completion of the project in 2020, Greatfields School will serve 2,400 primary, secondary, and sixth form students. Find out more about the project by viewing the attached infographic.
Evelyn Carpenter from Barking and Dagenham Council explained that Greatfields is already a super school that delivers an excellent education for local children. Prior to the expansion, Greatfields School catered for Years 7, 8 and 9. Upon completion of the project, pupils will be able to spend the duration of their learning years at the facility, with Greatfields School taking students from age 5 to 18 from 2020.
As Mid Group CEO Andrew Shepherd explained, the project posed a number of key challenges. The Group utilised the latest offsite technology to minimise disruption to school children as well as local residents, delivering an environmentally friendly, exceptional learning environment for local school children.
Greatfields School’s Mission
Greatfields School is built on three key principles:
- Teaching and learning that stretches and challenges students
- A culture of positive behaviour
- High aspirations for all students
Educators work tirelessly with parents, students, governors, and other members of the community to maintain a teaching legacy to be proud of. With the final phase of works at Greatfields School due to be completed in September 2020, the school aims to provide local students with first class learning opportunities, giving them the inspiration, skills and knowledge they need to reach their true potential. Find out more about Greatfields School by viewing the attached PDF.
Redevelopment of the Gascoigne Estate
On the 5th August 2019, Barking and Dagenham Council announced plans to create more than 200 new homes in Abbey Road.
Mark Stallard, project manager of Be First, the council’s newly created regeneration company, explained that the organisation had listened carefully to what local people had to say, refining council plans to reflect local concerns. Mr Stallard said that Be First believed its plans would provide homes that are much needed by local people, within an attractive green setting.
More than 40% of these new homes would be affordable, in line with the government’s nationwide plans to increase affordable housing. In addition, Mr Stallard announced plans for a children’s play area, extended bus services, and the adoption of sustainable energy systems.
Find out more about Barking and Dagenham’s council’s plans to address local shortages of affordable housing by watching the attached video.