Morgan Sindall wins £5.6 million Ashford Primary School contract
Morgan Sindall has been appointed to design and build the first phase of the new £5.6 million Finberry Primary School in the heart of Ashford, Kent.
The project for Kent County Council is already underway and will eventually see the school transformed from a one, to a two-form entry facility accommodating 450 pupils, once the second phase of the project is complete. The school will also include a 14-place Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision and a 26-place nursery.
The new school will be built at the Finberry housing development site at Cheeseman’s Green and is the seventh school within The Stour Academy Trust, a primary sector-only Trust.
Morgan Sindall will deliver the first phase of works at the school which will include the construction of nine classrooms, a nursery area and an SEN resource room. The firm will also deliver a main reception admin area, school hall facility and kitchen area.
The school will comprise a steel frame structure and its brickwork skin will be partially clad in bright orange. Morgan Sindall will also deliver external landscaping as part of the project including; a new sports pitch, a multi-use games area, a soft play area, a habitat area and a covered outdoor learning area.
Roger Gough, cabinet member for education at Kent County Council, said: “We are pleased to be working with Morgan Sindall, helping to create the permanent buildings of Finberry Primary School. Not only will this new building provide current pupils with a fantastic, modern learning environment, it will provide the heart of the developing community in Finberry. Future generations will now have a wonderful space which will also meet demand for the extra school places needed in the area. “
Simon O’Keefe, CEO at The Stour Academy Trust, said: “We are very much looking forward to the completion of the new build. Our values are based on putting children at the heart of our decision making and this new school will allow us to bring learning to life for the growing Finberry community.”
Julien Jones, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to this important scheme which will help to alleviate demand for primary and nursery school places in Ashford.
“Finberry Primary School will be unique in design and provide a modern learning space for pupils and teachers to enjoy. Morgan Sindall is well versed in delivering innovative and exciting learning environments and we look forward to handing over the new school in time for the start of the academic school year in 2017.”
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