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Work Completes On £1.6 Million Catton Grove Primary School project

Morgan Sindall plc has completed a £1.6 million project to expand Catton Grove Primary School in Norwich.

The project, for Norfolk County Council, comprised the expansion of the school to accommodate the growing number of school places required in the area. Catton Grove Primary can now accommodate 630 pupils with a three-form entry. The project team constructed additional state-of-the-art classrooms for pupils and staff as well as storage facilities. An extra nursery room was also built, along with new office and reception spaces.

The project team held a special ceremony to mark the handover of the completed school. As part of the fun-filled event, balloons were suspended in a net before being released over the children indoors to celebrate the occasion. Morgan Sindall also hired a balloon modeller and children’s entertainer for pupils on the day, before everyone enjoyed a slice of celebratory pirate-themed cake to mark the occasion.

Catton Grove Primary School head teacher Tim Lawes, said: “We are very pleased with the work that has been undertaken by Morgan Sindall. The team has acted with both professionalism and sensitivity during the time they have been part of our community – thanks for all your efforts!”

Gavin Napper, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “It is clearly extremely important to accommodate the additional demand for school places across the East of England. We are delighted to have delivered this project for Norfolk County Council, which will assist in providing the required additional spaces.

“The completed project is of great benefit to the local community and will be enjoyed by pupils and staff alike. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Catton Grove Primary School on this project and are very pleased to have successfully delivered this expansion.”

During their time on site, the Morgan Sindall project team also gave the children’s play area a new lease of life during a community day. The revamp, which was carried out during the summer holidays, comprised new decking and play areas, and a freshly painted shed and new wave backdrop, complete with wooden pirate characters.

The Morgan Sindall project team is currently on site at a number of projects in the area, including the pioneering £11.6 million Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia. Set to become the UK’s greenest commercial building the Enterprise Centre is on track to achieve Passivhaus and a BREEAM Outstanding rating.