The original John Ray Infant School building, constructed in the 1960s, was destroyed in a fire in 2013. Morgan Sindall, as part of the Smarte East framework, was selected to construct a new infant school, and expand the adjacent junior school to help increase pupil numbers by 30 per year group.
The new infant school features 12 spacious classrooms, an assembly hall, a smaller hall, kitchen, library and a state-of-the-art IT room.
Four new classrooms were added to the existing junior school, along with the extension of the school hall, external landscaping and creation of a sports pitch.
School involvement was a huge part of the project and the team went the extra mile to engage the pupils.
This included the appointment of a school council to report on the build, regular site visits for pupils, and specially designed hoarding allowing children and school staff members to view the activity ongoing throughout the build.
At handover, the Morgan Sindall project team hosted a full school fete for teachers, pupils and parents to celebrate the completion of the school. The event featured bouncy castles, swing boats, bungee runs and a free ice cream van.
Roof mounted solar panels help produce sustainable energy as the electricity generated will be used in the running of the building.
At design stage we engaged closely with our M&E supply chain experts to conduct a due diligence assessment on the fire protection systems.
By redesigning the system to the insurer’s satisfaction, we saved the project £240k which enabled the budget to be spent on the construction of a Multi Use Games Area that achieved compliance with Sports England requirements.
As with most school projects, this project presented the typical challenges of working in a live educational environment.
"The Morgan Sindall team has been fantastic throughout the building process. They have involved the children at every stage and made this a fun and educational experience. The handover event was great fun and we’re very grateful to the team for going over and above to make our handover special.” Sandra Way, Headteacher
John Ray Infant and Junior School