Wokingham schools receive £12million boost


Under the Primary Capital Programme, work has been taking place over the past year at three primary schools – Hillside in Lower Earley, The Coombes in Arborfield and St Nicholas in Hurst – and all are nearing completion.

Hillside Primary School opened its new £2million buildings in September. This saw the extension of existing classrooms and hall, a new foundation stage unit, and extensive internal remodelling to bring up to the best current standards. Last month (December) a new multi-use games area was completed ready for the start of the spring term, with an investment of £180,000.

Work continues at The Coombes CE Primary School for a new classroom for reception pupils as well as a new teaching block with classrooms, facilities for disabled children and a new library. There will also be a new multi-use area, administration and staffroom facilities, as well as classroom refurbishment taking place. Pupils and staff will be moving into their new £2million facilities in February 2012.

St Nicholas CE Primary School is being rebuilt around the historic village school buildings thanks to an injection of £2million. Pupils and teaching staff will benefit from new classrooms and a new hall and they are set to move in today (January 6).

The Hawthorns Primary School has benefited from work resulting in the construction of a new classroom and refurbishment of an existing classroom, with adjacent toilet and cloakroom facilities, with a total investment of £252,000.

The Holt School in Wokingham will benefit from an investment of £300,000 to provide a new multi-use games area and construction will start early in the New Year.

Last month, approval was given to St Crispin’s School in Wokingham for a new science block, including nine science laboratories, and a multi-use games area. The £5.5million project will see construction start in February 2012 and the works are programmed to be completed by January 2013.

All buildings projects are managed by the council’s property services team.

January 7, 2012 |

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