5th September 2012
After two years and fives phases (including enabling works) of both new build and refurbishment works, Benedict Primary School opened its doors this morning for the start of the new academic year. The refurbished and extended School offers not only improved learning facilities but can now accommodate two extra forms of pupils for each year group.
Enabling works started in November 2010 with an archaeological dig (fortunately nothing was found!). Following this Phase 1 began with the construction of a nursery building clad in Siberian Lark and built in rectangular and octagonal pods. The new nursery achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good. Phase 2 and 3 entailed the refurbishment of the entire school with pupils taught in one area of the school whilst the remaining area was refurbished. The works involved plenty of cut and carve throughout the school. The final phase was completed in the summer holidays and included the demolition of the café, creation of a new kitchen and provision of extra playground space.
Each phase had to complete before the next phase could start so that pupils could move out of their existing accommodation into the new / refurbished buildings.