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First phase of new ‘carbon neutral’ build at Harlescott Junior School complete

The first phase of a new ‘state of the art’ school build at Harlescott Junior School on Featherbed Lane in Shrewsbury has been completed.

The first phase of the new build at Harlescott Junior School. Photo: Pave Aways
The first phase of the new build at Harlescott Junior School. Photo: Pave Aways

Designed by Shropshire Council’s PSG (property services group) and specialist educational architect MHA Architects, the new build contracted to Pave Aways Limited, will use innovative building methods as part of the council’s ambitions to deliver more sustainable projects to meet its 2030 ‘zero’ carbon targets.

The new build will comprise of two nursery classrooms, four reception classrooms, eight classrooms for Key Stage 1, four classrooms for Key Stage 2, a pupil support hub, hall, kitchen, offices and meeting rooms.

The new ‘state of the art’ school build at Harlescott Junior School. Photo: Pave Aways
The new ‘state of the art’ school build at Harlescott Junior School. Photo: Pave Aways
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The project is expected to take around a year to complete and will allow Sundorne Infant School and Nursery to move from its existing home at Corndon Crescent and relocate to the junior school site, enabling the Haughmond Federation to consolidate its infant and junior provision on a single site.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:

“I am delighted to see the completion of the first phase of this flagship facility at Harlescott Junior School.

“Pupils will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment and the very latest facilities to help make sure they get the best possible outcome from their education.

“This is one of the many investments we are undertaking that will expand primary school provision in and around Shrewsbury. The new build would provide a range of spaces needed to respond to the increasing demand for pupil places and will give local children a greater opportunity to access education within the locality.”

Steven Owen, Pave Aways Managing Director, added:

“We are proud to have completed the first stage of this new phase for education in north Shrewsbury in time for children to start the term learning in an exciting new environment.

“These are first class facilities that will provide the foundation for their education. We are continuing with the construction of the new KS1 building and further internal and external works that will deliver a vastly improved and more environmentally-friendly school.”

Steph Peters, Executive Headteacher of Haughmond Federation, said:

“It has been wonderful to see the children enjoying their new environment and facilities at the start of this academic year. It is great that this facility will be carbon neutral and allow us to educate our children further about a more sustainable future. We would like to thank all involved in this process.”

The new school build is scheduled to be completed by March 2022.

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