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Primary school projects provide more child places

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A total of nine primary schools in Kingston upon Thames are undergoing expansion in building projects being carried out as part of the borough’s strategy to increase school places.

The schemes are being carried out for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council.

The nine current primary school projects are being carried out by two main contractors. Kier are carrying out the projects at Burlington Infant and Junior Schools, Latchmere Primary School and Fern Hill Primary School; whilst Wilmott Dixon are undertaking projects at Alexandra Infant School, Grand Avenue Primary, St Pauls C of E Junior School, Ellingham Primary School St Mathews C of E Primary School, and Surbiton Primary School.

All of the projects are challenging in that they are being carried out on very tight, equivalent of inner city sites – yet all the schemes are progressing well and on budget.

Adding a further form of entry at Burlington Infant and Junior Schools is a project combining refurbishment and new build, involving the addition of new classrooms, a joint sports hall and kitchen/dining facilities, as well as a new library and offices for the Infant School.

Six classrooms and a new hall within a new wing are being added at Latchmere Primary School, in a scheme which also involves refurbishment of the original school.

Fernhill Primary School will benefit from a new build sports hall and classrooms, as well as the conversion of a former sports hall into a two storey classroom block.

Being totally refurbished, reconfigured and extended to accommodate an additional form of entry, is Alexandra Infant School. The extensions are being carried out to individual rooms and the majority of the school is being refurbished.

The construction of an extension containing three new classrooms, together with the refurbishment of an original 1950s built block is upgrading facilities at Grand Avenue Primary School.

A particularly complex project is providing an additional form of entry at the 1960s-built St Pauls C of E Junior School, in a project which presents design and construction challenges in that the school’s award-winning design incorporates octagonal shaped classrooms and the new construction must follow the same shape. The scheme involves the addition of new classrooms and complete internal refurbishment.

Ellingham Primary school is being completely rebuilt on a larger scale to accommodate an additional form of entry. This is a particularly complicated phased build as the site is very constrained.

At St Mathews C of E Primary School, the need to add a half form of entry has resulted in a project involving the demolition and replacement of a previously poorly built 1950s/60s constructed extension which accommodated around half of the school.

A ground-breaking project at the former Surbiton Hospital site involves collaboration with the NHS, who are constructing a new medical centre, and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames who are constructing a new two form entry primary school on the site.

KPS Contractors Ltd

KPS Contractors Ltd worked with Willmott Dixon on the various sites covered by this project providing our professional arboriculture services – including tree felling, tree pruning, stump grinding and the clearance of any site green waste – which we were able to remove and recycle at our KPS Composting sites.

Working closely with the site managers we were able to deliver the required results within the tight timing schedules that they had to adhere to.  KPS Contractors have an extensive team of highly qualified and experienced tree surgeons and equipment which enable projects such as these to be managed and executed with little disruption to the overall project.

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