Hampshire County Council invests over £15 million in two new school buildings

Hampshire County Council is investing £15.5 million in two new replacement school buildings, ensuring that they are excellent places where children can learn, be inspired and become leaders of the future

Oct 24 2019

Grange Junior School in Gosport and Fryern Junior School in Chandlers Ford are both earmarked for brand new buildings as designs are submitted for planning approval in the Autumn before construction begins next year. 

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Human Resources and Performance and Chairman of the Buildings Land and Procurement Panel, Councillor Stephen Reid, said: “It is very important that we keep on top of maintaining our school buildings as part of a planned programme of works to ensure that they are modern, efficient and fit for purpose. I look forward to the successful completion of these projects and the school children moving into their state-of-the-art new buildings.”

Grange and Fryern Junior Schools were built using timber frames over 50 years ago which are now reaching the end of their life and are therefore being replaced with a modern fit for purpose building for the children to thrive in. The majority of each school will be built off site using modern methods of construction to minimise disruption and then brought onto the school grounds for final assembly and to be fitted out ready for the school to use in September 2021.

Hampshire County Council maintains one of the biggest property portfolios of any  local authority in the country. This year a total of £43 million will be invested into schools and other public buildings for repair and maintenance. 

Over the summer period, there were around 100 planned projects on site at Hampshire buildings with a wide variety of maintenance works being undertaken including: external redecoration, internal alteration and refurbishment, recladding, window replacement, re-roofing, toilet refurbishment, kitchen ventilation upgrades and playground resurfacing.

Cllr Reid added: “This level of work enables us to support the local construction economy and ensure our estate is safe and well managed in one of the largest local authority led building maintenance programmes nationally.”