“Investing in quality school buildings, that are built to be sustainable, energy efficient and create a motivational environment for learning, is something that we are proud of. Having a significant in-house team of designers, who specialise in school buildings, with years of experience, means that we are able to provide a high standard of facilities. Not only that, but our significant experience allows us to do this extremely cost effectively, thereby ensuring that taxpayers receive the best possible value for money.
“It is hugely important to me that there are places at good quality schools to meet the demand stemming from a rising population of families all over the county. Thanks to our strong track record in planning for the future, we are keeping pace with continued rising demand in Hampshire.”
The following projects were given the go ahead on 12 September 2018 (at the Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance decision day) and are part of the County Council’s programme to provide 17,500 new places at Hampshire schools by 2021; with a planned investment of around £140 million.
Chestnut Avenue Primary School
To meet anticipated demand from the 1,100 home development at North Stoneham in Eastleigh, a new primary school for pupils aged 4 to 11 years of age will be built on Chestnut Avenue.
The school will have capacity for a total of 315 children and work will begin during spring 2019, to be completed during the summer of 2020, ready to receive its first pupils in the following September.
On two levels, the school’s facilities will include 11 classrooms, group working rooms, main hall, library and staff room.
Externally there will be play areas including a grass playing field, as well as staff car parking, a bike shelter and scooter park for pupils.
The proposed new primary school will be a free school as required by the Department for Education (DfE) and will be sponsored by the University of Winchester Academy Trust.
Four Marks Church of England Primary School expansion
A four classroom extension will be built to increase the school’s capacity from 315 to 420 places. Additionally, there will be a group teaching area and two existing classrooms will be converted to become a flexible, multi-use studio.
Outside, a new landscaped courtyard between the new and existing buildings will serve as an outdoor learning space for the school, and additional car, cycle and scooter parking will complete the works.
Work will begin in the summer of 2019, to be finished during the spring in 2020.
Colden Common Primary School expansion
The school’s extension will enable it to expand to a full capacity of 420 places and remove the need for existing temporary accommodation. The works will include construction of three new classrooms, new toilets and alterations and improvements to the school kitchen to support catering for an increased number of pupils.
An outdoor teaching space will also be developed and there will be additional car, cycle and scooter parking.
Building the new extension will start in the autumn of 2019, with completion scheduled for summer 2020.