Morgan Sindall Construction has successfully delivered the new £7 million St Michael’s Church of England primary school, in Figheldean, Wiltshire.
The project was delivered for Wiltshire Council, with Morgan Sindall Construction appointed to the scheme via the Southern Construction Framework, a resource offered to public bodies in the South of England to procure contractors for major building works.
The school is located at the entrance of the new Larkhill residential area, which houses military personnel and their families returning to the United Kingdom. The new two-form entry school has 420 primary school places and an additional 60 nursery places within a 2,220 square metre building.
It replaces the previous primary school at Larkhill, with the relocation creating brand new first-class learning facilities for pupils and staff. St Michael’s took on its first cohort of pupils at the beginning of the academic year, having joined Salisbury Plain Multi Academy Trust in 2016.
Morgan Sindall Construction also sponsored St Michaels on a recent collaboration with Wessex Archaeology. The school was recognised as ‘A Place in Time’ after artefacts discovered on the school site were linked to those of settlers at Stonehenge.
Morgan Sindall Construction area director Jon Daines, said: “Delivering a project, of high quality and on budget is always pleasing. When you are aware of how centric the project is to the local community, seeing the pupils enjoying their new school is especially rewarding.
“It is an honour to celebrate the opening of St Michael’s CofE primary school and we are delighted to see the children enjoying their brand new facilities. It has been a pleasure to support the school uncover their historical past and we are confident they will continue to be recognised as ‘A Place in Time’ with the legacy they create for their future.”
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “I am pleased pupils are settling into their new school which I’m sure will inspire learning and help them to achieve their potential.
“One of our key commitments has been to ensure sufficient school places for local communities and for Army families coming to settle here in 2019. There is a wide programme of school expansion and building to achieve this and I’m sure this lovely new school will provide a wonderful welcome to the Army families who will be joining their peers in these bright new classrooms next summer.”
Headteacher at St Michael’s, Nicky Phillips, said: “I feel hugely privileged being here, thinking back to the cut in the chalk that we saw just over a year ago, to this!
“An incredible school, by which I mean not only the building but the individuals within it; providing our children with the firm foundation they need to go out from here, standout in their communities and shine brightly in a rapidly changing world.”
Morgan Sindall Construction’s project team is on-site at major schemes across the region. The company has recently been appointed by ABP Southampton to deliver the latest stage in its £50 million expansion of automotive trade at the Port of Southampton. The multi-deck storage project is due for completion in July 2019.