Morgan Sindall appointed to expand Great Yarmouth Primary School
Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Norfolk County Council to deliver a £2.9 million expansion project at Northgate Primary School in Great Yarmouth.
The county council-funded development is already underway and will see Morgan Sindall construct a new, stand-alone building alongside the existing school which will increase its capacity from 180 to 420 places.
The single-storey building will comprise six classrooms, an assembly hall and toilet facilities. The new building will feature a colourful, patterned brickwork exterior and will be partially powered by photovoltaic solar panels.
During the 45-week project, Morgan Sindall will remodel the inside of the existing school and deliver some minor demolition work. The team will also carry out a range of external landscaping projects including the relocation of a large pond on the school grounds.
Lindsay Hanger, head teacher at Northgate Primary School, said: ”We are excited about the new classrooms which will help our school to build on the current success recognised by staff, parents and Ofsted. Our children will benefit from the improved facilities; we have plans to involve our school council members as site surveyors and to ask children to suggest items to be included in a time capsule to be buried in the foundations!
“Inevitably, with a project of this size, there will be reduced space for children in the short term but we are pleased to say that Morgan Sindall is working closely with us to minimise the impact of this on children’s learning. The children were very excited by the ‘frog moving’ afternoon which Morgan Sindall organised when they built our lovely new pond!”
Gavin Napper, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re very pleased to have been appointed to this important scheme which will provide pupils, teachers and parents with a brand new, functional building that will give the school’s team the space and facilities they need to continue delivering a modern curriculum in a pleasant environment.
“The school community is very excited about their new school building and will be involved in the construction process from the outset. The project team is arranging regular site visits so the children can watch their new school building begin to take shape and providing ongoing updates so pupils and staff are fully aware of the work taking place on-site.
“We look forward to completing the expansion in time for the new academic school year in 2017.”
Work at Northgate Primary School is a continuation of Morgan Sindall’s ongoing relationship with Norfolk County Council. The firm is currently delivering several projects for the council including the construction of Chapel Green School, a special educational needs school in Attleborough, and the expansion of Queen’s Hill Primary and Nursery School in Norwich. These projects are part of a £144 million capital programme by Norfolk County Council, which is seeing new schools and extra classrooms being built across the county to meet demand for places in areas of growth and improve the quality of school facilities. It also includes, where possible, the creation of more all-through primary schools, as children perform better with fewer transitions during their school careers.
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