Project Background

St Mary’s RC Primary School is located in Malton, North Yorkshire, operated by the Diocese of Middlesbrough.

Located in a residential area not far from the town centre, St Mary’s RC Primary School is consistently oversubscribed; it is hoped the works at the school will ease these pressures.

Contracted through the Scape National Minor Works framework, the project consisted of a new annexe and reconfiguration of the existing school. The annexe will accommodate Year 3 to 6, with classrooms, hall, staff room and ancillary areas; the existing school was extended to provide additional office space and a staff room.

The Challenge:

The new annexe was built on the school’s playing field, which is shared between St Mary’s RC Primary and the neighbouring primary school, Malton Community School. Collaboration was therefore vital to ensure that works could progress with minimal disruption to both schools. Regular meetings were held with both school invited to discuss progress and ensure understanding of upcoming works.

A new entrance was created off Old Malton Road directly into site, preventing any interface with the existing school. All deliveries also entered and exited the site at this point. Pedestrian access to site was off Highfield Road, where the existing footpath was widened for the main school access to reception.

The Solution:

The steel-framed annexe building covers two storeys, with pre-cast concrete floors on pad foundations. The materials used for the annexe complement the original school, with timber cladding used to create a soft, natural aesthetic contrasted by grey and black brickwork and a large glazed element.

A breakout space is located directly opposite the hall and main circulation space and the bottom of the internal stair core, and will be used as a space for practical learning.

A habitat space is located to the north-east of the new annexe and will be retained for pupils to engage with nature; wetland and semi-wetland areas were created
to manage surface water flows and provide an opportunity for students to learn about the water cycle and impact of climate change.

The Impact:

The new build annexe and extension successfully achieved the aims of the Diocese of Middlesbrough, providing additional capacity for students and easing pressure on the school.  A 10/10 client satisfaction score was awarded to Kier for its outstanding performance on the project.

Pupil intake was increased from a 0.5-form entry to a 1-form entry, alongside the school’s existing 236 mainstream spaces.

The Kier team supported the school throughout their time on site, offering assemblies to children at St Mary’s and Malton Community School to teach them about the dangers of construction sites.

Causes in the area, including the Camphill Village Trust, Injured Jockey Fund, and Jacky Berry House also benefitted from minor repairs and maintenance works and monetary donations.

" We have been highly impressed with Kier throughout the project from the planning stage to the completion. A great team to work with and we are delighted with the final build. "
David Harris Executive Headteacher St Mary’s RC Primary School

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