Staff from Kier Regional Building Western & Wales were supported by local subcontractors and consultants, in a project to transform Hannah More Primary school in Bristol last week with an extreme makeover.
The project saw Kier work with their local teams to transform the after-school space from a tired and outdated room into a vibrant, collaborative and inspirational place for youngsters to enjoy. Complete with a bright new paint job, new kitchen area and dedicated activity and reading areas, the new look space will also feature specially designed acoustic leaves that will minimise any noise to the surrounding areas of the school.
Kier is currently constructing two projects in the neighbouring area and approached the school to offer any help and expertise to improve areas of the school that would benefit from a makeover. Local Architects, AWW worked closely with the school to design the new layout and interior of the after-school space. Refurbishment works were delivered with the help of local sub-contractors, all materials and labour were donated to the school, which included a new kitchen, including fridge freezer and dish washer. The project saw a group of 25 volunteers help paint, install kitchen units, lay flooring and put up benches and other units in an action packed three days last week.
David Snell, Operations Director, Kier Regional Building, Western & Wales said: “It is great to see so many people come together to help transform this important space for the school. It is important for us to work with the community in the areas in which we work and lend our support and expertise to in anyway we can. The new space will enable the students to do cooking and art in their after-school club, and the room will also be used for parents who are having English lessons.
"I am pleased that together with our consultant and sub-contractor partners that we were able to deliver an area for the youngsters to use after school that provides a supportive and inspirational environment.”
Sue Ramsay, Headteacher of the school added: “This has been a wonderful project that will benefit so many of our children. Staff from Kier did an amazing job and the new room looks fantastic. As well a smart new room we’ve also gained a very practical space with a brand-new kitchen and lots of storage. There was lots of enthusiasm from the children when they came back to school this week. Many thanks to Kier for such excellent community support.”
Kier has a long association with delivering very successful schemes in Bristol including Concorde’s new home for Aerospace Bristol and the new Cathedral Primary School, constructed directly beneath the Central Library. Kier are currently undertaking four schemes in the City including two projects for Royal London Asset Management at the junction of Avon Street and Temple Way. These buildings will provide new, high spec office space and a 200-bedroom hotel.