St Neots to get new £14m primary


LANNING permission has been granted for a new primary school for St Neots which is set to open

in September 2020.

The £14.2m school will be built by Morgan Sindall Construction. It forms part of the Wintringham development, which alongside Loves Farm, is part of the eastern expansion of St Neots. The school will be managed by Diamond Learning Partnership Trust which also runs the nearby Round House Primary Academy, on Loves Farm, and will provide places for just over 700 pupils aged 3-11. The school will sit at the heart of the first phase of Urban&Civic’s 162 hectare development which will be a sustainable new development with 2,800 homes and a range of community and sports facilities,

health and green space. The primary school’s location was designed to ensure it played a central role for new families within the first phase of the development. A second primary school is planned for later in the development. Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects dRMM, the elegant timber school will provide an inspirational learning environment surrounded by nature, both inside and outside. At the centre of the building is a woodland grove, providing a learning resource that embodies the ethos of the academy. The distinctive character of the new academy will contribute to the vibrancy of the new civic square at the

heart of the development.

Cambridgeshire County Council has secured funding from Urban&Civic (via a S106 agreement) of £9m. which covers the cost of two of the three classes in each year group including the pre-school. The size of the school was increased to three form entry to meet local demand for places and the costs of this additional capacity is being directly funded by the County Council.


alternative needs places created in Lincolnshire

Essex school expansion under new DfE framework


he Deanes Academy in Benfleet, Essex, expansion will be one of the first projects in East Anglia to be delivered through the Department for Education (DfE) Construction Framework. Pick Everard – the independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy – is providing full design and engineering services for the new school block, including architecture, building services and structural and civil engineering, working in partnership with the project’s main contractor, Cadman Construction.

Due for completion in summer 2019, the project will see a 1970s school block demolished and a new building constructed, consisting of science

laboratories, art, graphics and food rooms, as well as office facilities and special educational needs and disability (SEND) spaces.

Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard, said: “The project comprises a two-storey 1,478 sqm new building containing nine specialist classrooms, office and ancillary facilities with a maximum capacity of 344 students and teachers. The new building aspires to high standards of sustainable design and operation optimising passive daylight design, natural ventilation with a high efficiency thermal fabric.” 13 R

egional contractor G F Tomlinson has completed works on two state-of-the-art alternative provision academies in Lincolnshire, creating 126 places for children and young people in the county aged between 4-16 who can no longer access mainstream education. Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham located on New Beacon Road and Springwell Alternative Academy Lincoln on Macaulay Drive have been delivered in partnership with Wellspring Academy Trust and Lincolnshire County Council, through the Department for Education’s Construction Framework. Each academy accommodates 63 pupils and provide specialised teaching spaces, a special educational needs therapy room, sensory room, hygiene room, fitness suite, parents’ room, hall and Multi Use Games Area.

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