WORK COMMENCES ON NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR REDDITCH

The timber-framed building will accommodate 26 nursery places, reception and classes for years one to four and is being delivered to meet environmental BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards.

The new school is being delivered as part of the Brockhill East development, on the northern edge of the town and a ceremonial ground breaking event has been held to mark the start of construction. Present to mark this milestone were (l-r): Andrew Pollard, Managing Director, Place Partnership; Darroch Baker, Managing Director, J Tomlinson; Cllr Marcus Hart, Worcestershire County Council; current headteacher, Tasnim Koser; former headteacher, Carol Newton; and pupils Kyren, Aaqib and Amber.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This location provides a great improvement over the schools’ current site. This new building will provide an excellent learning environment for the students attending the primary school and those children attending the nursery class.”

Construction, maintenance and refurbishment specialist, J Tomlinson has been appointed to build the school by Place Partnership, which delivers property services on behalf of a number of public bodies and local authorities, including Worcestershire County Council.

Alan Moutter, Place Partnership, said: “We work with schools across the region and it’s always a great moment to see the start of work on a development. J Tomlinson has extensive experience in the education sector and we are confident that they will deliver a great new school for Redditch.”

Darroch Baker, managing director (construction) at J Tomlinson, said: “The new school building will be purpose-built around the needs of the students and teachers and has been designed to ensure that it is sustainable and environmentally friendly. We will now be working closely with Place Partnership and Worcestershire County Council in the delivery of these new school facilities.”

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PLACE PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES RICHARD HURFORD AS NEW ENERGY MANAGER

Richard has an extensive background in energy and sustainability, having previously worked for npower, Schneider Electric and the Greater London Authority. At the London Borough of Lewisham he was responsible for achieving Beacon Status in Sustainable Energy and for becoming the second authority in the UK to have all its electricity supplied from 100% renewable sources.

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