Work on an £8.44m programme to build new carbon-neutral school facilities in Shrewsbury is set to commence next week after planners gave the green light to the development.
Developers, Pave Aways, will shortly break ground on the scheme at Harlescott Junior School in Featherbed Lane that will allow Sundorne Infant School and Nursery to relocate to the junior school site. The relocation will also enable the Haughmond Federation to consolidate its infant and junior provision on a single site.
Commenting on the project, Steph Peters, Executive Head of the Haughmond Federation, said: “We are delighted to see the start of this exciting project and are looking forward to being a part of the build as it progresses over the coming months.”
The build – which is being delivered on behalf of Shropshire Council, includes a series of classrooms for all ages from Nursery level to Key Stage 2. The development will also feature a new hall, kitchen, offices and meeting rooms.
Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This project has an important part to play in the securing of additional primary phase school places in the north of Shrewsbury. We are delighted that the project is getting underway and look forward to the day when the new education provision opens and the pupils are able to access their new facilities.”
Specialist educational architect MHA Architects devised the overall plan that will use innovative building methods to create a carbon-neutral building in support of the council’s aim to reduce its emissions to zero by 2030.
Pave Aways’ Managing Director Steven Owen said: “We are very pleased to be starting work on this important investment in primary school provision in the town.
“We’ll be drawing on our extensive experience in the education sector and working closely with the school to ensure that day to day life continues as normal while we deliver this exciting new phase for the Haughmond Federation.
“A Meet the Buyer event will take place in February for local subcontractors and suppliers who want to work with us on the project.”
Featured Image: An artist’s impression of the new school facilities – Credit MHA Architects