Wednesday, November 5, 2014

News: Wildgoose gets Rotherham school work


Wildgoose Construction has secured the contract to build the new £6m Eastwood Village Primary School in Rotherham.

Plans were passed earlier this year with council architects designing a three storey building on stilts to address concerns over flood risk and overdominance of surrounding properties.

Acting on a particular pressure for school places within the Eastwood and St Ann's areas, Rotherham Council secured £3m from the Government last year and have progressed plans for a new central primary school on allotment land on Eldon Road.

The council plans to borrow the additional funding required over a payback period of 60 years and eventually, the school will be capable of accommodating 315 pupils comprising 45 in each year group, together with a 44-place nursery. The Central Learning Partnership Trust has been chosen as lead sponsors for the new school.

The first completely new primary school to be opened in the borough for over 20 years, the 1,400 sq m development will cost £6.3m and will be constructed with two upper floors over an open basement level, in effect making the building three storey.

The basement will be used for staff parking, areas for recreation and outdoor classrooms, with the ground floor accommodating the classrooms, office, reception, hall and kitchen. The first floor will accommodate further teaching areas and a library.

Cllr Christine Beaumont, Cabinet Member for Children and Education Services for the Council, said the school will be a "much-needed" facility for this area of Rotherham.

She added: "I am delighted to see work starting on this site. Helping people reach their potential in deprived communities is one of the Council's key priorities and this kind of regeneration will assist in raising attainment levels."

Derbyshire-based Wildgoose has also recently started work on Dalton Medical Centre on Saville Street which is a new build medical centre in Rotherham with a pharmacy and associated works attached. At a value of £1.7m, work is anticipated to complete date of June 2015.

Previous work in Rotherham by Wildgoose includes the £3.4m MyPlace centre, a £2.2m housing project at Albany Road, Kilnhurst and the transformation of the former Kimberworth Comprehensive School into a £2.9m children's services centre. The contractors also recently completed the £1.4m new build pub at Waverley.

A planning application for a significant new build school on the site of Oakwood High School in Rotherham was approved by the planning board last week. Kier Construction are to build the school and hope to be complete by July 2016.

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