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The team at Hillbourne School handover event in front of the school entrance

Morgan Sindall Construction completes brand new school in Poole

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Waterloo Estate in Poole is now home to a brand new modern primary school building and preschool. The keys to the new two-storey Hillbourne Primary School have been officially handed over by the contractor to the school with pupils and staff moving into their new surroundings from the beginning of November.

As part of BCP Council’s plans to develop the site, the new school replaces the existing school buildings on the site at Kitchener Crescent. In turn, the location of the new school building means that surplus land to the north and south will be available for the development of new homes once the existing buildings have been demolished in the second phase of the project.

The demolition of the existing buildings will facilitate the completion of the external areas and all works will be complete in April 2022.

The new school includes the following facilities:

  • A modern fit-for purpose building with 14 classrooms, a practical room and learning resource centre
  • Administration block
  • Large hall with servery
  • A pre-school with a dedicated play area
  • Two multi-use games areas and outdoor play areas
  • Purpose-built sports pitch
  • A secure staff car park
  • Solar panels, mechanical ventilation in all classrooms, sprinkler system and intelligent lighting.
The team at Hillbourne School handover event in front of the school entrance
Photo: (l-r): Nick Cole, Senior Commercial Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction; Jeff Kinnon, Project Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction; Jane Auger, Manager at Twin Oaks Pre-School; Derek Jackson, Senior Operations Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction; Councillor Nicola Green, BCP Council and Helen Roderick, Headteacher at Hillbourne Primary School

Morgan Sindall Construction was appointed to the scheme via the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), a quality-managed construction framework for public bodies in the region to procure major building works that has developed unique integrated team approach. The framework governs the procurement of a full spectrum of new build and refurbishment schemes in education, health and community. These includes libraries, civic office developments, programmes for police and fire authorities, and leisure and sports facilities.

Councillor Nicola Greene, Portfolio Holder for COVID Resilience, Schools and Skills, BCP Council, said: “I’m delighted that we have successfully developed a new fit-for-purpose building for the Waterloo community. It will benefit and support our young people to receive a high-quality education in a fantastic environment, giving them the best opportunities to grow and flourish.”
Helen Roderick, Headteacher at Hillbourne Primary, said: “Our new school building allows all of our pupils and staff to work together for the first time. We are very excited about this. We are all thrilled to be working in a such a beautiful building. Having drinkable water, windows that open and shut, a heating system that will keep us all at the right temperature and ‘intelligent’ lighting is going to make learning so much easier!”

“We have really enjoyed watching our new building being constructed and are very grateful to the efforts of all the people who have worked so hard to make it possible.”
Councillor Judes Butt, Ward Councillor added: "Over 20 years ago we promised a new school for our children. Together with my previous ward councillors, Burden and Rampton, the school, parents and the whole community, even after so many set-backs over the years, we never gave up and now are rewarded with our ‘jewel in the crown’, a purpose built home of learning, both for academic and life-long skills. Huge thanks to all involved."
Clifford Kinch, Area Director for Morgan Sindall Construction in the South said: “We’re so proud to be handing over the keys to Hillbourne Primary School which will provide exciting new modern teaching facilities for the local area. Creating inspiring educational spaces is a key part of what we do, and we hope the staff, pupils and parents at Hillbourne enjoy their new environment. We’ve enjoyed working collaboratively with BCP Council throughout this project and we look forward to working with them in the final stages.”

This new development contributes to the council’s priority and ambition to create brighter futures for all of our children and young people, providing a caring and nurturing environment where they can grow and flourish.

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