Morgan Sindall hands over newly completed £5 million Plymouth Grove Primary School
The newly completed £5 million Plymouth Grove Primary School in Manchester was unveiled with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony last week.
Manchester’s Lord Mayor, Carl Austin Behan, was on hand to officially open the school, along with John Edwards, Director of Education and Skills at Manchester City Council. They were joined by representatives from the Education Funding Agency (EFA), Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL) and Morgan Sindall.
The project was delivered by construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall, as part of its brief to deliver 12 schools across the North West for the EFA’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The programme, awarded to a MSIL/Equitix consortium in August 2014, aims to provide new, modern facilities to the schools in most urgent need of repair and replacement.
Plymouth Grove’s new, two-storey building boasts 15 classrooms, a music teaching room and a 150 sq m school hall linking to an adjacent dining room. There are also additional kitchens, offices and storage to provide the space necessary for the school’s operation.
Notable improvements have also been carried out to the school grounds. The existing play area has been expanded and an outdoor ‘forest school’ created to give Plymouth Grove’s 455 pupils hands-on interaction with the natural environment, while providing an engaging learning experience.
The school has recently been named in the top 100 schools in England and pupils also won a debating competition at the Houses of Parliament. Headteacher Michael Cooke is confident that the new facilities will allow them to build on this success.
“The old, red brick building is an important part of Plymouth Grove’s 110-year history, but was in need of repair and refurbishment. We now have the first-class facilities to match the brilliant teaching we’ve always offered. Children and teachers alike will benefit from the modern, comfortable learning environment. We’ve got the physical foundations in place to support our aim of giving our pupils the best possible start in life”, said Michael.
Andy Hall, Morgan Sindall’s managing director in the North, added: “We are proud to be to be delivering these schools as part of the PSBP programme. It’s great to see that pupils are already enjoying the new facilities and we’re pleased to have made what we hope will be a lasting contribution to the education offering in the area.”
MSIL/Equitix’s North West general manager, Gary Naylor, said: “We are delighted to have successfully handed over another school in the PSBP North West batch and look forward to continuing to work with the EFA to support Michael and his staff at Plymouth Grove in delivering the best possible teaching.”
Plymouth Grove primary is one of four schools handing over this summer, which are together worth a combined total of £27 million to Morgan Sindall. The other schools include: Blacon High School in Chester, Dee Point Primary School in Chester and Bedford Drive Primary School on the Wirral.
They form part of the PSBP North West batch, a total of 12 schools in Blackpool, Chester, Wigan, Manchester, Stockport and Merseyside, awarded to the MSIL/Equitix consortium in August 2014.
Through the national PSBP programme, 261 schools will be rebuilt or have their condition needs met by the EFA, the first of which was completed in 2014. All schools within the programme will be delivered by the end of 2018.
Across the programme, each new school will be built on land within the existing school boundary, allowing the school to remain operational during construction of the new buildings. Once complete, the school will move into the new teaching facilities while the old buildings are demolished and external landscaping works are completed.
Designers have used level two Building Information Modelling (BIM) practices to design the school. This allows the different disciplines involved in design and construction, to share information leading to greater efficiencies.
This latest handover takes the total number of successfully delivered PSBP schools in the North West Batch to seven with Bridge Hall Primary School in Stockport, JH Godwin Primary School in Chester and Halebank Primary School in Halton all being handed over earlier this year.