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An artist’s impression of the completed extension and refurbishment at Paternoster School, currently being built by Beard

£2.6m development at Paternoster School is underway

Beard is building the new two-storey extension at Paternoster School

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 01, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Construction is underway on a smart new £2.6 million extension and refurbishment at Paternoster School in Watermoor Road, Cirencester. The scheme is due for completion in August next year.  

Regional construction firm Beard is building the new two-storey extension at the school which provides specialist education and facilities for pupils aged between two and 17.  

The construction will see the demolition of part of the school building which will be replaced by a new teaching complex providing two ground-floor classrooms equipped for special education needs (SEN) learning with connected group rooms, classroom stores and wheelchair stores. The building’s second floor will provide two meeting rooms, two offices, a resources room and a staff room.

Beard is also refurbishing the school’s ‘Block One’ building which will be transformed into two SEN-equipped classrooms and a smart new reception area. Beard is working with Gloucestershire County Council and The Bush Consultancy on the project.

As Paternoster School sits within the area of an ancient Roman settlement, the Beard project team is also working with Cotswold Archaeology to ensure that that no historic artefacts are damaged during the construction

“The demolition works are progressing well and we’re looking forward to starting construction on the new classroom complex,” said Sam Parish, Beard contracts manager for the project. “We’re also delighted to be working with the Council and the school on this important school improvement scheme which will bring significant benefits to pupils and staff.  Our project team are committed to making this project a very positive experience and minimising disruption to the school day.”

This is the most recent school development project which Beard has been awarded through Gloucestershire County Council’s Construction Framework, and follows on from the recently completed redevelopment at Pittville School in Cheltenham.

As Paternoster School sits within the area of an ancient Roman settlement, the Beard project team is also working with Cotswold Archaeology to ensure that that no historic artefacts are damaged during the construction. While plant and construction equipment are working on site, there will be a geotextile membrane and stone layers to protect the ground from damage. 

Councillor Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, says: “Gloucestershire County Council is committed to providing excellent educational facilities in the county. With this development at Paternoster we are investing in the next generation. It is a very exciting development for the school and its pupils, complementing the excellent specialist provision already provided by the school and available across Gloucestershire.”

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