Three Cambridgeshire schools double their intake thanks to £11M extension works

05 January, 2018

More than 600 additional school places have been created across Cambridgeshire this year thanks to a scheme of work delivered by Pick Everard and Coulson Building Group.

So far, three schools have benefited from more than £11 million worth of extension works which have seen their capacity almost double, with more schools due to take part in the scheme in the coming months.

Leading independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard were contracted by Coulson Building Group to deliver seven classroom extensions for Fordham Primary near Ely and Little Paxton Primary near St Neots, and completed a second phase of works at The Shade Primary in Soham, near Ely, which has transitioned from a single to double form entry.

Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard said:

“We provided architectural, structural and civil engineering services, as well as building services to help deliver these much-needed facilities.

“All three schools are now operating with two form entries and offer modern facilities for staff and pupils including flexible classrooms with the latest teaching technology, group working areas for independent learning and staff breakout areas. Working on live school sites was certainly a challenge, but as a team it’s something we’re very experienced in.

“We were particularly pleased to continue our ongoing relationship with The Shade Primary after completing the first phase of works in 2013. During this initial phase, we prepared the core facilities for an extension, which we’ve now been able to deliver.

“We’ve been delivering transformative schemes in the south east for many years and are delighted to be celebrating our 50th anniversary in Bury St Edmunds, enabling us to continue helping local communities in the region.”

Keith Grimwade, service director of learning at Cambridgeshire County Council said:

“School places in Cambridgeshire are in high demand, so we’re thrilled that these schools are now able to open their doors to more pupils. These increased facilities are very much-needed in the area, and will have a positive and lasting effect for many years to come.

“Both Pick Everard and Coulson Building Group have done a fantastic job on this scheme under our Design and Build Contractor Framework, working within live school settings. By building positive relationships with the schools and strategically phasing works they’ve delivered fantastic facilities with minimum disruption to staff and pupils.”

Graham Watts, director at Coulson Building Group said:

“We’re pleased to have worked with Pick Everard on this scheme of works to deliver positive outcomes for our client.

“As a local company, we’re committed to supporting the community so we’re proud to have delivered vital facilities that will have a real positive impact on the surrounding areas.”

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