Backwell School

This sports facility, which has been built by Collinson’s traditional division, comprises a four-court sports hall, fitness suite, three state-of the-art science laboratories and two classrooms.

Backwell School

Positively influencing futures

This project saw Collinson bring together a mixture of building techniques to create a series of impactful new spaces for Backwell School in Bristol – positively influencing lives for generations to come.

With a footprint of 1,770-square-meters, we designed and built new state-of-the-art sports facilities that have resulted in more space for the school’s students to flourish and hone their sporting skills.

The scheme has also positively enriched the lives of the wider community by boosting access to fitness facilities and encouraging people to take part in more physical exercise.


Inspiring new teaching spaces

A traditionally built block of new classrooms replaces pre-fabricated huts that were installed as temporary classrooms back in the 1980s, bringing the science teaching spaces into the 21st century and in line with the rest of the school’s building quality.

Home to lessons in three different disciplines – PE, science, and business and economics – the new classrooms provide the school with additional spaces to deliver classes and inspire better teaching outcomes.

A collaborative approach

The project was part-funded by the Department of Education’s priority schools building programme, which helps schools carry out essential maintenance and repairs of old buildings, while Backwell School’s trust, the Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP) contributed additional funding to allow the school to upgrade its temporary buildings – not just the science labs that were identified in the original scheme.

Seamless delivery

Collinson was able to deliver this project seamlessly while working within a live school environment.

We worked collaboratively alongside Backwell School and Lighthouse Schools Partnership from project conception right through to completion, with representatives from Collinson also attending a grand opening, which comprised a ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the opening.

It was attended by key contacts from the Department for Education, Collinson Construction and the school community, including British historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker Professor David Adetayo Olusoga OBE, who officially opened the new building.


Collinson is an excellent firm to deal with – a family firm with values that match ours.

"This is the second large project they have won (via full commercial tender) for our trust (24 academies). I have appointed them for two design and build projects. This recent project has won several admirers from within the Department for Education for both design/finish and value for money. Collinson is HIGHLY recommended.”

Tim Monelle, Head of Trust Services


The new building transforms the environment in which Backwell students can learn.

"They’re leaving behind classrooms intended for people of my generation and are stepping into a properly 21st century space.”

Professor David Adetayo Olusoga

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