Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver expansion of Cambridgeshire School

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Plans for the Cromwell Community College in Chatteris

Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to deliver the £14.6 million expansion and refurbishment of Cromwell Community College in the town of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.

The addition of the new educational facilities will mean Cromwell Community College, part of The Active Learning Trust, is set to become the first school delivered for Cambridgeshire County Council to provide all-through education, from ages four to 18, helping meet growing demands for school places in the region.

The project will see the construction of a new pre-school, accommodation suitable and sufficient for 210 primary-aged children, and additional secondary teaching classrooms, as well as new food technology rooms, sports pitches, play areas and landscaping.

Works will also include internal renovation to the existing main college site, with the addition of a new performance hall and classrooms and the demolition of the existing art block.

Students from Cromwell Community College will be given the chance to visit the site later this month. This will be the first of a number of opportunities for the students to see the project as it develops.

Jane Horn, Principal of Cromwell Community College, said: “It is an incredibly exciting time for us at the college with work underway on our new pre-school and primary phase offer.

“By expanding our provisions, we will become the first educational establishment in Cambridgeshire to provide education from 4 to 18 years old.
“Thank you to Morgan Sindall Construction for leading the build and we are excited to see the new facilities come to fruition.”

Classes will continue in the main site, with Morgan Sindall Construction’s experienced project team implementing a number of processes to ensure minimum disruption to both the school users and neighbours whilst works are ongoing.

Morgan Sindall Construction will also be working closely with local suppliers, locally sourcing both labour and materials where possible, bolstering Cambridgeshire’s regional economy and increasing jobs.

Bob Ensch, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed on what will be a key project for both school users and the wider community.

“The transformation of Cromwell Community College into an all-through school will help to create a shared educational ethos that supports its students throughout their entire educational career, as well as providing children with continuity from the moment they embark on their learning journey.

“Morgan Sindall Construction has extensive experience in delivering first-class educational expansions and refurbishments, and we are looking forward to working closely with The Active Learning Trust, Cambridgeshire County Council and the rest of our project partners.”

Parents have until 15 January 2020 to submit applications for primary and pre-school places starting in September 2020. The school’s new building will officially open at the end of 2020.

The refurbishment for the secondary stage is then expected to be completed in Spring 2021.