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The front of the Hanborough School

Morgan Sindall Construction completes another school development for Oxford on time

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Morgan Sindall Construction has delivered a £3.2m makeover of Hanborough Manor School in Long Hanborough in time for the new school year, helping to address an increasing demand for places.

Oxfordshire County Council funded the project. The council arranged a land swap with Hanborough Parish Council for land adjacent to the existing school, meaning that children in this growing community will be able to receive their education locally. This allowed for the construction of new buildings and an additional playing field. Morgan Sindall was contracted to complete the project.

Hanborough Manor Primary School is an academy operated by the Eynsham Partnership Academy Trust (EPAT). Oxfordshire County Council worked with the Trust to plan the expansion of the school, the cost of which has been part funded by contributions secured by the council from housing developers.

To enable the primary school to expand, Hanborough Pre School, which was housed in a prefabricated building within the school grounds, vacated the school site in 2019 into a new purpose-built facility within the village and renamed itself Hanborough Meadows Pre School.

The council also worked closely with Hanborough Parish Council and Hanborough Playing Field Association to facilitate a land swap to expand the size of the site and provide sufficient playing field space for the growing school.

Morgan Sindall was contracted by the council to construct the new buildings. Despite significant challenges around labour and materials supply caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Morgan Sindall Construction has built - on schedule - a five classroom extension to the primary school on Riley Close, as well as installing a multi-use games area (MUGA) and a Sport England pitch for outdoor activities.

Additionally, a library and a one-to-one room has been added to the school’s facilities by converting an existing classroom, while the kitchen has been remodelled and extended alongside refurbishment work to the existing school building.

The work was commissioned to increase capacity from 1 form of entry (210 pupils) to 1.5 form entry (315 pupils) to mitigate the impact of new housing development in West Oxfordshire District Council’s Local Plan.

The new classrooms have also been designed to be flexible and easy to modify allowing for further growth of the school if needed in the future.

The Hanborough school project complements the Orion Academy development in Blackbird Leys on the outskirts of the city where Morgan Sindall Construction has just completed phase one of a £12m project that will provide educational facilities for up to 108 10–16-year-olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This provides a further 32 places as part of the council’s strategy to increase SEND provision in Oxfordshire

James York, Thames Valley area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “As with all of our education projects we make significant efforts to bring the school and the local community on the journey with us, to build excitement and to help make the transition easier.

“This time round it was different because of additional safety measures around COVID-19, but we facilitated many site walks, worked with the local parish to reduce vehicular disruption in the area and also committed to donating the furniture we have used to the local youth club.

“We also used local contractors and suppliers where we could and provided employment opportunities for young apprentices through the supply chain.

“It was because of this collaborative environment we created that we have been able to deliver such a timely and positive result, especially when faced with particular challenges around the pandemic, as well as difficulties with drainage for the new outside play areas to ensure year-round use.

“It means the school is now a top-class asset for the community, benefitting from a well thought through carbon-conscious design, a modular roof construction made from thermally efficient materials and timber and play areas that the children can really enjoy. In short, this has been a very rewarding experience for all involved.”
Councillor Calum Miller, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “It's been a huge effort to deliver this exciting project on time because of the pandemic. But we’ve achieved it. The new flexible and easy to modify classrooms offer a first-class teaching environment for both today’s pupils and for children in coming years. The investment in Hanborough Manor School is part of our commitment to ensure every child gets the very best start in life.”
Councillor Liz Brighouse, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for children, education and youth services, said: “The need for additional school places was identified by the county council as a result of the additional housing in the West Oxfordshire adopted local plan and resources secured for the necessary expansion. I am delighted that this thriving village school has now increased in size to ensure the school can meet the needs of its local community.”

Morgan Sindall Construction was appointed through the Educating and Skills Funding (ESFA) framework, an £8 billion delivery vehicle governed by the Department of Education.

Architects on the project were ColladoCollins.

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