Regional construction company G F Tomlinson has completed work on a new £5.2 million primary school in Hednesford, Cannock, just in time for the new term in September.
Work began on West Midlands’ Poppyfield Primary Academy last September, as part of a major area-wide re-development which also includes the construction of over 700 new homes and several shopping outlets.
Chris Flint, director at G F Tomlinson, said: “We’re delighted to complete works at the new Poppyfield Primary Academy and provide essential education places for the growing community within this area. The region is definitely on the up seeing sustained growth with a number of developments taking place across all sectors.
“We’re looking to expand further into the West Midlands and look forward to growing our portfolio of projects across the region.”
Located on a former greenfield site, Poppyfield will be holding an official opening on Thursday 19th September and will be teaching pupils aged 4-11 who have recently moved into the number of new-build housing estates in the surrounding region.
Within the school’s first year, it will only be offering places within its nursery and reception years, reaching its full volume of 210 pupils and 26 nursery children in the coming years.
The school consists of seven main classrooms to accommodate 32 pupils each, as well as two smaller group rooms. The exterior of the school consists of a large playing field, a multi-use games area, woodland area, playground and car parking.
GF Tomlinson secured the contract for Poppyfield though the Staffordshire Construction framework, for Staffordshire County Council, Entrust and the Victoria Academies Trust.
The school is Tomlinson’s first project as part of the framework, but its fourth within the Cannock area, with further projects already in the pipeline across the West Midlands.
County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Ensuring there are enough good school places available to parents is a key priority for the county council. Poppyfield Academy has been built in response to new housing in the local area, and we are proud to help create a school with a real community ethos, that can provide an excellent education for local children.
“The school is looking magnificent, and I am sure it will offer an inspirational learning environment for local children.”