Morgan Sindall Construction has won a £3 million contract to deliver a new extension, and a programme of renovations and improvements, to Hanborough Manor School on Riley Close in Long Hanborough, Oxford.
The main contactor was appointed to the scheme by Oxfordshire County Council through the Educating and Skills Funding (ESFA) framework, an £8 billion delivery vehicle governed by the Department of Education.
It has been commissioned following the announcement of 339 new homes planned for Long Hanborough. Currently, the total capacity for the school is 210. The project is set to expand this number to a maximum of 315 pupils aged 4-11.
Designs by the architect, Collado Collins outline a 5,877 square foot single-storey building, which will house five general purpose classrooms for use by both KS1 and KS2 pupils.
Alongside this, Morgan Sindall Construction will also carry out improvement works to the main building, including an extending and remodelling the kitchen. In addition, an existing classroom will be converted into library space and a one-to-one room to be used for separate individual or group study.
The brief also includes the installation of a new MUGA (multi-use games area) as well as a Sports England pitch for outdoor activities.
The extension’s new roofing will be constructed using SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) a modern, timber-based construction material which is thermally efficient and good value for money. An airtight SIP building uses less energy to heat and cool, making it a green product which also reduces construction waste.
In-line with government restrictions in place for the Covid-19 pandemic, construction traffic will be completely segregated from the live school site, with additional access points created to facilitate this.
Construction started recently and is scheduled to complete in time for the next academic year in 2021.
James York, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “Our work to extend Hanborough Manor will help the school to meet demand for pupil places driven by Oxford’s burgeoning population. The additional space will be bright, modern and sustainable due to the carbon-conscious design and use of timber.”
“We’re incredibly pleased to be working with the council on another key education project and look forward to delivering it safely and efficiently over the next 12 months.”
County Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Cabinet Member for Education and Cultural Services, said: “I’m delighted to share these exciting plans for Hanborough Manor School, reflecting the council’s commitment and determination to provide a top of the class learning and teaching environment for Oxfordshire’s children.”
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