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Butlers Hill school

Modular extensions to meet local demand

Hucknall schools given room to grow thanks to school expansion

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 03, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

Two Hucknall-based schools have been given room to grow thanks to expansion works, completed by contractor Ashe Construction.

Neighbouring schools Butlers Hill Infant and Nursery School and Broomhill Junior School have both seen modular classrooms extensions completed this year, to meet the ever-growing demand for school spaces in the area.

The £475,000 modular extension at Broomhill School on Broomhill Road was completed earlier this month and included two brand new classrooms.

Across the road from Broomhill School, Butlers Hill’s £750,000 modular extension included two classrooms that link to the existing school as well as additional play areas and a rear car park expansion. Following the extension works, the school will now be able to cater for 75 places per year group a - 25% increase on previous years - offering an additional 45 places at the popular infant school and nursery.

Broomhill School

Melinda Amos, headteacher at Butlers Hill, said: “The new expansion will offer much more space to our teachers and pupils, as our current classrooms have become overcrowded. The external development has created a dedicated area for our reception children to play in too, which will be more suited to the number of children we have at the school.

“The project has been complex and challenging for everyone involved, but despite this we have worked together well with empathy and good humour! We are incredibly proud of our school and we hope the new space is well received by pupils, teachers and parents.”

Justin Howard, framework manager at Ashe Construction, said: “Both of the schools’ learning environments had been working well, but given the high demand of school places in the local area it was starting to out-grow capacity. The schools were involved at every stage of the process, from planning to development, and will now be able to offer more places to children in the local area with greater room to learn and play.”

Ashe Construction completed the two projects as part of the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) framework. Managed by Scape and formed by local authorities, the empa framework aims to improve the delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for public sector bodies, saving them and the taxpayer money.

Paul Windle, regional business manager at empa, added: “We are delighted to see the completion of another two excellent school extensions under the empa framework. Due to an increase in population, it is now more important than ever to improve learning facilities and provide children with the best learning environment possible.”

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