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Morgan Sindall wins £1.6 million Norwich primary school expansion project

Morgan Sindall has started on site at a project to expand and upgrade Catton Grove Primary School in Norwich.

The project for Norfolk County Council comprises the construction of six new classrooms to help the school cope with rising pupil numbers in north Norwich. NPS Property Consultants Ltd designed the extension works and will project manage the scheme.

The school moved to three-form entry in 2011, and is now being expanded to a 630-place school to accommodate the additional pupils. In addition to the construction of the new classrooms, the Morgan Sindall team is also constructing new storage facilities and an extra nursery room. The team will also upgrade the school’s office and reception areas. The project is due to complete in spring 2015.

Norfolk County Council has been working closely with schools to increase the number of school places available over the last few years. This has meant increasing the number of classes in some schools, including Catton Grove.

Tim Lawes, headteacher at Catton Grove said: “We are pleased to have started the next phase of the development of the school. Morgan Sindall has been on site for the past three weeks and we have been very impressed with the way they have conducted the initial stages of the construction. We look forward to the rest of the build programme and the transformation of Catton Grove Primary.”

James Joyce, chairman of the Children's Services Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “I am glad that this development is progressing, as the £2.8m investment in Catton Grove will make a very important contribution to our plans for ensuring that all children in Norfolk attend good or better schools."

County councillor for Catton Grove, Steve Morphew, added: “This work will help address the pressure on places we have experienced in the north of the city and support growth and achievement at what is already a successful and popular school. It will ensure that children in Catton Grove can benefit from the space and facilities they need to fulfil their potential."

The project will be taking place in a live school environment and necessary precautions will be put in place to ensure minimal disruption to students, school staff, parents and residents. Deliveries will be timed to avoid busy drop off and pick up times and the Morgan Sindall team will work closely with the school to ensure children, parents and staff are kept up-to-date and informed about the build process.

Gavin Napper, area director for Morgan Sindall said: “Pressure on schools from growing pupil numbers is a challenge across the east of England and Norfolk is no exception. We’re very pleased to be working with Norfolk County Council to help to address this issue and ensure that there are school places available and great facilities in place for all our children across the region.

“Morgan Sindall is a leading provider of school and education developments across the UK. Our project teams are well versed in dealing proactively with the challenges presented by working on busy, live school sites and developing positive relationships with schools and local communities. We are looking forward to working closely with the council, school and local residents to ensure as little disruption as possible is caused by building work, as this project commences on site.”

Morgan Sindall is on site at a range of education projects across East Anglia. The company is currently delivering a £21 million, highly sustainable building which will house Essex Business School at the Colchester campus of the University of Essex. Morgan Sindall is also close to completing an £11.5 million contract to construct Centrum, the principal commercial research and development building on the Norwich Research Park. The three-storey building will provide 4,000 sq m of high quality facilities including laboratory and office space, a business centre and formal and informal meeting rooms.

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For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email Cobban@paversmith.co.uk