New classrooms in place

Year 5 pupils from Longfields Primary School in Bicester watched construction experts from Carillion and Capita lift six new classrooms in by crane. Capita project manager Stacey Ryder (left) and architect Marina Ntoupi (right) with pupils from Year Five. PNL-160428-110812001
Year 5 pupils from Longfields Primary School in Bicester watched construction experts from Carillion and Capita lift six new classrooms in by crane. Capita project manager Stacey Ryder (left) and architect Marina Ntoupi (right) with pupils from Year Five. PNL-160428-110812001

Year Five pupils from Longfields Primary School watched construction experts from Carillion and Capita lift six new classrooms in by crane.

To meet growing demands for places, the expanding school received six new modular classrooms and facilities, which will be ready to use for the start of the new school year in September.

The £2m project was carried out by Carillion and Capita on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council.

The new classrooms will allow the school to increase its admissions by 33 per cent from September and free up rooms in the existing building, currently being used for storage, as well as providing adequate space to provide hot meals for pupils on-site from a permanent kitchen.

Josh Lavis, design and construction director for Carillion, said: “Modular construction was chosen for this particular project in order to minimise disruption to the school by significantly reducing the build time on site, whilst providing a robust solution to the school’s requirement equal to that of a conventional build process of brick and block construction.”

Pupils were given a lesson in health and safety around a construction site.