Leicestershire consultancy raises student aspirations with £1.5m works

Rawlins Academy

Market Harborough-based architecture and construction consultancy YMD Boon has completed the first phase of its latest venture with long-standing client Rawlins Academy in Quorn, Leicestershire.

The project, which is part of Rawlins Academy’s plans to improve and enhance campus facilities, has seen the creation of a new sixth form building and an administrative and reception area for 1,500 secondary school students and staff.

The £1.5m works are being undertaken in several phases, with completion expected in April this year. The first phase, which is now complete, involved the refurbishment of the academy’s existing administration facility in order to improve student safe-guarding and enhance the overall exterior look of the school.

The second phase, which has now commenced, will see YMD Boon completely remodel the Academy’s sixth form building to facilitate higher student numbers.

The consultancy has also delivered the “Deep End” project for the Academy, turning a redundant swimming pool into a fitness studio and changing facility – a project funded by Sport England.

YMD Boon director Shari Setayesh, said: “We have been working with Rawlins Academy for the past five years; developing a master-plan which captures the school’s vision and priorities as well as assisting the school with securing the funding to deliver the schemes.

“This is an exciting and varied project to work on and will provide much needed state-of-the-art facilities. Plus, the new fitness studio will provide an important additional income stream for the school from outside groups who can use the space”.

Rawlins Academy principal Callum Orr added: “The YMD Boon team are creative and versatile. They are tenacious in steering projects to a successful conclusion, procuring work of high quality and maintaining a firm grasp on the financial position.

“Our long-standing relationship is built on trust and we know that YMD Boon has the expertise to create what our school needs to prosper. These new fit-for-purpose facilities will give our students the space and modern amenities they need to further thrive”.

Rawlins Academy was founded in 1691 by Thomas Rawlins and has nearly 1,500 students between the age of 11 and 19.