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Emma Willis unveils a new timber teaching facility

Wylde Green Primary School had a star-studded opening for their new teaching space

Posted by Lucinda Reid | August 07, 2017 | Events

TV star Emma Willis has officially unveiled a brand-new timber teaching facility at an open day at Wylde Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield.

Emma, the host of Big Brother, is a former pupil of the school and was joined by singer-songwriter husband Matt. The new classroom block is for the year six children at the school. It enables them to move out of the school hall into a dedicated teaching space, containing two equal 52m² sized rooms, in addition to a lobby and entrance area. The build facilitates the achievement of outdoor learning objectives, representing a change of scenery for pupils and staff. 

The school itself is the oldest in Birmingham, with a main building that dates to 1840. The new facility is designed with consideration for surrounding greenery as well as the existing Victorian architecture, creating much-needed learning space that the existing building was failing to provide.

The build was completed by The Stable Company, a York-based firm established in 2002 who produce timber buildings for a range of sectors including education, leisure and equestrian. Despite tight budgets and timescales, the school was in occupation of the build by the deadline of the Easter holidays 2017, with planning permission granted in five weeks.

Richard Hamilton-Martin, Deputy Head Teacher at Wylde Green, said: “The building is fabulous - and it was fantastic to have Emma and Matt in for the great unveil. The positive comments from parents and visitors confirm we chose the right design. The new learning spaces have inspired our children, giving them a further sense of pride in their school.”

Gareth Barber, MD of The Stable Company, added: “It’s inspiring to see Wylde Green’s new timber build already serving the needs of pupils so well. It’s no surprise that the education sector is warming to the idea of timber builds - as well as facilitating outdoor learning, they’re a cost-effective, environmentally-sustainable way of providing additional teaching space.”

For more information on The Stable Company, please visit their website.


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