Morgan Sindall transforms Richmond primary school in extensive refurbishment
One of Richmond’s leading primary schools has been given a substantial makeover as part of a £4.2 million expansion project.
Chase Bridge Primary School has been transformed by construction, infrastructure and design company Morgan Sindall. The project saw the company expand the school to a three form primary by creating a new link between the existing infants and junior school.
The development was phased over a period of 65 weeks to ensure minimum disruption to the pupils’ learning environment. The project included the construction of 12 new classrooms, a new block for a reception and offices, a music room, various store rooms, a sports hall, a kitchen, a library and a number of communal spaces.
Cllr Paul Hodgins, Cabinet Member for Schools at London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, said: “The success of this project shows that yet again, we are doing all we can to maximise space in our schools, create new facilities, and meet the high demand for school places in the borough. The new look school is a wonderful example of what can be achieved in joint partnership and will benefit the pupils and teachers of the school for many years to come.”
The school’s refurbishment also involved the transformation of the exterior of the school, with new playgrounds, footpaths and parking installed on site. No aspect was overlooked during the project which even saw the Morgan Sindall team construct a new apiary for the school’s bee colony.
The project includes a number of sustainable features including a new dual fuel system and biomass boiler. It is on target to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘Very Good’ for its levels of sustainability.
The completion of the development was celebrated with a special handover ceremony at the school, which was attended by school staff, pupils and members of the Morgan Sindall team.
During the ceremony, members of the Morgan Sindall site team presented the school’s rugby team with rugby shirts sponsored by the company.
David Sershall, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the school to expand and update the facilities. This has created a fantastic learning environment which pupils will benefit from and enjoy for many years to come.
“Morgan Sindall has extensive experience in constructing education projects and we were able to draw upon this knowledge during this development. The sustainable elements of the school will not only enhance the children’s learning experience but also benefit the environment, and we are delighted to be on track to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ for this project.”
The school, which is next to Twickenham Stadium, is set on the banks of the River Thames, a location which is home to a variety of wildlife. The Morgan Sindall team employed a dedicated environmental advisor to ensure the building work did not disrupt wildlife living on the river and the site team had close liaison with an ecologist, Fleur Oliver, from FOA Ecology throughout the project.
Caption: Head teacher, Andrew King, Sylvester Olutayo, project manager from the London Borough of Richmond, Gavin Owens from engineers Gyoury Self Partnership, Morgan Sindall operations manager Kris Wadley, John Kirkby from architect Stride Treglown, Morgan Sindall senior surveyor, Phil Dyer Morgan Sindall project manager Guy Salazar Lewis, and Morgan Sindall Senior Site Manager Chris Saville celebrate the completion of work with pupils at Chase Bridge Primary School.
For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email Cobban@paversmith.co.uk