Morgan Sindall celebrates progress at £12.4 million Islington primary school and children’s centre
Morgan Sindall has held a special ceremony to celebrate progress on the new £12.4 million Moreland Primary School and Children’s Centre in Islington.
The three-storey building for Islington Council is being constructed so that the primary school can double its capacity, from a single-form entry, to a two-form entry facility.
The Morgan Sindall project team was joined by the Mayor of Islington, local councillors and children and staff from the school, to celebrate the completion of the structure of the new building. At the ceremony, attendees wrote special messages in the cavity of an external wall which has been sealed ready for future generations to discover.
The project began in July 2015 and is being completed in two phases. The first phase includes the demolition of part of the original school and the completion of the new building, which will be available for pupils to move into in autumn 2016.
The new school comprises 14 spacious classrooms, a large sports hall, a dance studio, a library and an IT suite and will also see the addition of a family kitchen and a special ‘sky garden’ on the roof for staff and children to enjoy. The children’s centre includes facilities for both pre and post-natal care and child care for children under two years old.
During the second phase of the project, the Morgan Sindall project team will demolish the rest of the existing school and construct an external play space, which will include a new multi-use games area.
Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “We want to give all young children in Islington the strongest start in life in the best possible learning environments.
“This project makes innovative use of the site to get the most out of it for the benefit of pupils, teachers and the wider community.
“I look forward to seeing the new, expanded school build on its success and offer more pupils than ever the chance to get a first-class education in fantastic, modern surroundings.”
Richard Dobson, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “The Moreland Primary School and Children’s Centre scheme will provide an innovative and spacious education base for children in Islington.
“It has been wonderful to see so much enthusiasm from the children and staff at the school who are eagerly anticipating moving into their new, spacious classrooms later this year.
“Morgan Sindall is well versed in delivering education projects of this nature and scale and we look forward to completing this project on time and on budget.”
Morgan Sindall is targeting a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of ‘Excellent’ for this development, which includes photovoltaic panels to make use of solar energy, wind catchers to create natural ventilation and a connection to a district heat network.
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