Multi-million pound project to modernise Hambrook Primary School gets underway
THE diggers have moved in at Hambrook Primary School where a multi-million pound project is underway to modernise the Victorian building.
South Gloucestershire Council is funding £3.5 million project which include a new extension and refurbishment of the existing buildings.
The extension, including a much-needed school hall and three new classrooms, is due to be completed by February 2014. This will be followed with a refurbishment of the existing Victorian school building due to be finished by June 2014.
Cllr Ian Blair, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council’s children and young people’s committee, said: “The ceremony represents an important milestone in the future of Hambrook Primary School.
“The new and contemporary extension will replace some of the outdated buildings and provide teachers and pupils with the very best up-to-date teaching and learning facilities. It will include a main entrance lobby and reception area, admin offices, three classrooms and toilets along with a new assembly and dining hall, with adjacent kitchen and toilets will also be open to the community to use.
“The new extension contrasts with the original listed Victorian school building which will remain the dominant feature and will retain all of its original features.”
Head teacher Jo Dent said pupils and staff couldn’t wait for their new school to be completed.
“We are delighted with the progress of the new building,” she said. “After many years of coping without a proper school hall and the children having to cross the playground to access the school toilets, it will have a tremendously beneficial impact on the lives of everyone here at the school.
“Whilst retaining the old village school character and ethos of the existing listed building, these improvements are bringing our school into the 21st century. We’re all very excited and can’t wait for it to open. ”
Construction firm Speller Metcalfe is carrying out the work.
Joint managing director Andy Metcalfe said: “This topping out ceremony recognises all the hard work of the project team – from the site staff to those behind the scenes, we can really start to see the progression of works on site.
“The building works are being completed in multiple phases to minimise disruption to staff and pupils; we are now moving towards the final fit out of the extension, before the team starts internal remodelling of the main Victorian school building.”
The school currently has 196 pupils on the roll. When it is completed it will open in September 2014 with 210 places.
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