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Stepnell Complete £2.3m Sports Hub In Leicestershire

Procure Partnerships Framework Contractor Partners Stepnell have completed a programme of New Build Works on a state-of-the-art £2.3m sports centre at Martin High School. the purpose-built Sports England standard facility was completed on behalf of Lionheart Academies Trust.

This Education Project was procured via the Procure Partnerships East Midlands Framework with Stepnell appointed under a two stage call-off procedure. This project was monitored via Compliance Chain.

The new two-storey sports centre contains all-weather pitches, a multipurpose four court badminton centre, gym facility, a classroom and a computer suite. To cater for more visitors changing rooms, a large car park, staffroom, kitchen, and WC facilities have also been added.

Stepnell’s commitment to social value has been commendable, involving the local community and school throughout the duration of the project. As an example, Stepnell’s site manager provided eight tours to 68 design students, providing an insight into the construction process.


Furthermore, Stepnell invested more than £226,000 of project costs with local micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs). The combination of social value implementations to promote jobs and growth accumulated in a 39.61% overall social return on investment for the build.

Tom Sewell, regional director at Stepnell: “The opportunities unlocked by this facility will benefit pupils at Martin High School, the wider community, sports clubs and teams for generations to come. We are delighted to have brought this ambitious project to life so that the school now has an enhanced PE curriculum with quality, hirable activity space for the Anstey community and surrounding areas.

This fantastic facility achieves the criteria set out by Sports England – meeting all energy, sustainability, acoustics, artificial lighting, and structural design specifications. As a Considerate Constructors partner, we worked closely with the school to ensure that class timetables were not impacted, while also keeping noise disruption to a minimum. We were also incredibly proud to have been able to add social value and invest in the local community through our commitments to working with the school to deliver educational programmes for pupils, as well as providing local employment and investment by working with businesses in the area.”


Conor Neild-Crabb, Key Account Manager (East), Procure Partnerships Framework: “We are delighted to have worked alongside Stepnell, Surveyors to Education, and A+G Architects to see the new sports hall at The Martin High School realised.

This is the first project Procure Partnerships Framework has been able to support Lionheart Educational Trust in delivering and we are pleased the framework supported such positive outcomes. Stepnell far exceeded the Social Value target for the scheme and the new sports hall will further benefit the wider community and enhance opportunities locally. Hopefully, pupils and staff enjoy their new facilities!”

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