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Construction starts on Havant schools' expansion

The £3m project will create an additional 210 pupil places at Trosnant Infant and Junior Schools

Posted by Julian Owen | October 27, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Work has started construction on a £3 million contract for Hampshire County Council to extend and refurbish the 420-place Federation of Trosnant Schools at Stockheath Lane, Havant, to meet rising pupil numbers in the area.

Beard is building a brand-new wing for the Junior School at the south of the site, with four state-of-the-art new classrooms, a library and a group room for special educational needs (SEN) activities. The energy-efficient junior extension, designed by the County Council’s Property Services team, will feature photovoltaic solar panels on the roof.

The project team will also build an extension to the Infants’ School at the north of the site, which will feature a new purpose-built classroom and a SEN group room. The scheme will also include enhancement work to the surrounding external areas, providing additional parking spaces, bike and scooter sheltered storage, improved play areas and outside landscaping.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this much-needed scheme which will help address the high demand for school places in the area,” says Gareth Phillips, contracts manager for Beard. “Our project team is very experienced in working in ‘live’ environments and the construction works have been carefully planned with the schools and the Council to minimise disruption to classes. We are pleased to be working with Hampshire County Council on this important scheme and look forward to seeing these exciting new facilities take shape.”

Beard and Hampshire County Council have adopted a targeted employment skills plan to create four work placement opportunities during the construction project. This is being done through Hampshire Futures, a County Council service that is facilitating work experience, apprenticeships and traineeships for adults and young people with local employers through Employment and Skills plans. 

The company will also sponsor educational events for the schools, promoting health and safety on construction sites and inspiring children to pursue construction and engineering careers.

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