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Morgan Sindall completes £1.7 million Oakdale Junior School extension

Morgan Sindall has completed a £1.7 million project to extend Oakdale Junior School in Poole.

The project for the Borough of Poole, saw the Morgan Sindall team extend the existing school by adding a two storey extension, creating six new state-of-the-art classrooms. The new classrooms will allow for an increased intake of pupils in September 2014.

To improve accessibility, the team constructed a new pedestrian entrance to the school, and installed a lift at the premises. The Morgan Sindall team also refurbished elements of the existing building, including the staff room and toilets, which were updated and modernised to improve facilities.

The school’s external space was also transformed during the project. The project team created a new playground for children to enjoy and a new nature garden, complete with pond and various plants and wildlife.

Oakdale Junior School’s extension incorporated a number of sustainable elements, including the installation of 40 photovoltaic panels on the school’s roof. The panels convert sunlight into electricity and will help reduce the school’s carbon emissions. The building also has smartPOD lighting which is energy and cost efficient as well as long lasting. The building is set to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating of Very Good.

Eileen Bissell, head teacher at Oakdale Junior School, said: We are thrilled at Oakdale Junior with our new facility and want to thank Morgan Sindall for being such Considerate Constructors. The works were carried out in a professional manner and finished to high quality with very little disruption to the school throughout. It was a pleasure to have the team on site and we would welcome them back for any future construction project.

The project was completed in a live school environment, therefore necessary precautions were put in place to minimise disruption. Deliveries were timed so as to avoid busy drop off and pick up times and Morgan Sindall staff spoke at school assemblies in order to educate pupils about the dangers that can come with a live construction site.

Jon Daines, special works director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted with the finished project at Oakdale Junior School. The extended and updated facilities will provide an improved learning environment for current and future pupils and staff at the school, while the external landscaping has created a great space for children to enjoy.

“There are a number of complexities that can be involved when working on an existing, live site but, despite the challenges, the project team has done a great job to minimise disruption to the school and surrounding community during the build process.”

The Poole office of Morgan Sindall is also currently working on a number of other projects including a £2.2 million contract to renovate and extend a sports hall at the Thomas Hardye School, in Dorchester.

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For more information about this news release please contact Annie Murray at Paver Smith on 0151-239-5000 or e-mail murray@paversmith.co.uk