Bluecoat Aspley Academy, a renowned educational institution committed to providing a high-quality education for all students. Learn about the need for expanding our sixth form facility and the benefits it will bring. Total Regen, a proven contractor, has been chosen for the expansion project. Discover the expansion plan and how it will enhance the learning environment. Find out how the expansion will accommodate more students, offer a wider range of subjects, and support academic excellence. Join us in our commitment to providing the best education and exciting opportunities for our sixth form students.

Project details:

Client:  J Tomlinson

Team:  Total Group

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Nottingham

Project value: £1.4m

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

Bluecoat Academy is a secondary school based in the Aspley area of Nottingham. The school was founded in 1706 as the first charity school in Nottingham and – since 2004 – has had two campuses; one in Aspley and one in Wollaton.

At Bluecoat Academy and 6th Form College in Nottingham, we are proud to announce the expansion of our facilities to accommodate the growing number of students and enhance their educational experience. As a result of the increased student numbers and academic achievements, Total Regen has been appointed as the main contractor for this exciting project.

The primary objective of this project is to design and construct a two-storey extension that will seamlessly integrate with the existing sixth form centre block. This expansion will provide our students with additional space and modern facilities to support their learning and development as they pursue their A-Levels and other associated qualifications.

With over 500 sixth form students now calling Bluecoat Academy their educational home, it is crucial to ensure that we are equipped to meet their evolving needs. This expansion will allow us to provide an even better learning environment, promoting academic excellence and personal growth.

By investing in this expansion, we are committed to offering our students the best possible resources and opportunities. The new facilities will include state-of-the-art classrooms, well-equipped laboratories, dedicated study areas, and communal spaces for collaboration and socializing.

We understand the importance of creating an environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Our aim is to provide a space where students can thrive academically and personally, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

At Bluecoat Academy and 6th Form College, we believe in the power of education to transform lives. Our dedicated team of teachers and support staff work tirelessly to ensure that every student reaches their full potential. With the expanded facilities, we are confident that our students will have the resources they need to excel.

We are excited to embark on this journey of growth and improvement, and we invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone. Together, we can continue to provide an outstanding educational experience for our students and empower them to achieve their goals.

Whether you are a current student, a prospective student, or a member of our community, we look forward to sharing the benefits of this expansion with you. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of the project and the exciting opportunities it will bring to Bluecoat Academy and 6th Form College.

The Total Regen solution

The project saw Total Regen extend the existing teaching block, which consists of a steel frame structure with brickwork and raised façades. Within the new lecture theatre, we installed bespoke roofing fixtures and fittings to assist acoustics. This enables the theatre to be multifunctional, to host lectures and assemblies, in addition to drama and band performances. Total project works also included refurbishment and re-modelling of areas in the adjoining building, as well as external landscaping.

We managed all works from conception through to completion. Close programme management ensured this project was delivered on time and budget.

The team was commended for its proactive approach to health and safety at this live school site. Upon gathering key information about the operation of the school, frequent communications and liaison with school representatives allowed for a reactive and adaptive working programme, to fit around ongoing school activities to minimise disruption and risk.

Completed in August 2015, the new facilities offer students and staff modern self-study areas, a lecture theatre, classrooms, canteen and dining area, and kitchen facilities.

Key project achievements

The works did not impede the daily running of the school during the successful integration of the old and new buildings. This was achieved within a live school environment and using a phased programme to suit the client’s needs.

Commendation received from the client – “Brian the Site Manager has been excellent throughout and we’re really pleased with how the build has gone and the building we now have.” – Richard Peel, Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Principal


Alongside this project, Total Group maintained a high level of engagement with both the Academy and other local Nottingham Academies and Schools. We were involved in the following events and activities:

  • Our CEO delivered an inspirational talk to students
  • We sponsored the Bluecoat Annual Sports Awards Evening in November 2014
  • We held careers talks at the ‘Nottingham Academies Schools Work Matters’ event in September 2015
  • We attended the Bluecoat Academy Careers Fair in November 2015

We have continued our relationship with Bluecoat Academy following project completion, recognising the need to support local schools in careers, and student engagement activities.

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