Kier has recently celebrated the grand opening of White House Farm Primary School, alongside the client, Norfolk County Council, Sapientia Education Trust and key teaching staff from the school. At the event, Kier presented the school’s headteacher with a commemorative plaque to mark the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
The school, in Sprowston, near Norwich, was successfully completed on time for students to start arriving in early September.
The project consisted of constructing a new, two-storey teaching building, of steel frame and pre-cast concrete floor construction, externally finished with a mixture of face brickwork and coloured render. The internal gross floor area of 2,500m2 incorporates 14 classrooms, technology room, group rooms, main hall, kitchen, administration offices, toilets, store areas and other ancillary accommodation.
External works for the project included forming a new entrance and car park area, plus creating new hard and soft landscaping, which feature dedicated playground spaces and play equipment.
The school will gradually increase to its maximum capacity of 420 pupils over the next six years and is one of several two-form entry primary schools in East Anglia recently delivered by Kier including St Clements Hill Primary Academy, also in Norwich, which opened in September 2018.
Chris Lowe, project manager at Kier Regional Building Eastern said “It was a pleasure for myself and the team to have worked on this project. Seeing a greenfield site transformed in to a functioning school in less than 12 months was incredible. Teamwork was essential and close collaboration between the project’s designer NPS Group, our client Norfolk County Council and the Sapientia Education Trust ensured we delivered on time.’’
The school will provide much-needed pupil places, enabling the local community to continue to grow over the coming years.
Since 2010, Kier has delivered 94 schools across the East of England creating approximately 34,000 pupil places.