Builders get on with their school work

June 02 2017

WORK has started on a new school to replace existing facilities at Minerva Primary Academy.

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WORK has started on a new school to replace existing facilities at Minerva Primary Academy.

The two-storey development will feature a nursery, reception classrooms, infant classrooms, junior classrooms, offices, staff facilities, a main hall, studio and kitchen as well as new landscaping.

To mark the start of work Bristol's Lord Mayor, Councillor Jeff Lovell, joined forces with pupils at a turf-cutting ceremony.

The project at the Hillfields school is to be completed using modern methods of off-site construction which will enable building work to be finished in a much quicker time-scale.

The new building is scheduled for completion in November 2018 and the official opening is programmed for July 2019.

Once completed, the current capacity of 300 pupils will increase to 420.

During demolition and construction, pupils will be located in part of the existing school, with additional learning space provided using a temporary Elliott classroom.

Minerva Primary Academy principal Pete Hallam said: “We are very excited to be having such a fantastic new building. 

“Along with redevelopment of the grounds, which will give more opportunities for learning and playing outdoors, we will soon have facilities to be really proud of and ones that our children richly deserve.”

Colin Sargeant, director of Elliott Off-site Building Solutions, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract to construct the new school facilities at Minerva Primary Academy. 

“There have been significant issues in the ground to overcome due to historical mine workings, however these are now all in hand. 

“Now that construction is commencing, our modern methods of off-site construction will enable the work to be completed in a much quicker time-frame than using traditional methods. The new facilities will provide a modern learning experience for pupils and school staff.”

The Academy project is valued at £7.5 million and has been secured by Elliott under the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Priority School Building Programme.