School expansions agreed for Basingstoke, Hart, Havant and Test Valley

Jan 18 2017

Plans for five school expansions to create more than 700 additional school places were approved by Councillor Edgar at his Decision Day today (18 January 2017).

Councillor Edgar commented: “Thanks to our strong track record in planning for the future, our provision of additional school places is keeping pace with continued rising demand in Hampshire.

“We pride ourselves on investing in quality school buildings that are built to be sustainable and provide a good environment for learning. Having a significant in-house team of property designers, who specialise in school buildings, results in excellent spaces for learning.

“This expertise and our years of experience means we are able to provide top quality, functional facilities that are also aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient and sustainable. We are also able to take the opportunity to improve facilities using innovative thinking and the latest technological developments.

“Furthermore, our size and capacity as a local authority allows us to deliver effective economies of scale, and ensure that taxpayers receive the best possible value for money.”

The planned schemes are:

Basingstoke
Park View Junior School (£1,477, 000) – a two classroom extension, to increase the school’s capacity by a further 60 spaces. The work will also include provision of small group teaching areas and play area improvements. The parking area will be enlarged to allow for extra parking spaces for staff and storage for pupil’s cycles and scooters.

Hart
Robert May’s School (£7,600,000) – a two-storey building with bridge link, providing four general teaching classrooms and a classroom for practical learning, to accommodate a further 150 pupils. As part of this work, a new school entrance will be created, bus/coach access will be improved a further 15 covered and lockable cycle spaces will be provided.

Havant
Trosnant Infant and Junior Schools (£4,511,000) – three new reception age classrooms at the Infant School, and four new classrooms in the Junior School, will create an additional 210 primary school places. Improvements will also be made to the reception, office and staff areas.

Emsworth Primary School (£1,935,000) – two new classrooms, to provide 105 additional places; conversion of he current staff room into an additional classroom and the creation of two group learning spaces for children with additional needs.

Test Valley
North Baddesley Infant and Junior Schools (£4,160,000) – three new classrooms in the Infant School (an additional 90 infant pupils) and four classrooms in the Junior School (an additional 90 junior pupils); as well as additional toilets and a range of other improvements to internal and external learning and play spaces.

The planned investment in Hampshire schools will total around £300m (£233m within the Children’s Services capital programme and £70m Government funding planned for free schools and the Priority Schools Building Programme 2). This continues to be the most significant capital building programme in the County Council’s history. The programme will deliver 18,275 new primary and secondary school places by 2020, with 7,360 places delivered to date (from 2013 to 2016).