School to move to shared site in £8.4m project

Work will start on an £8.4m project to move a school to a shared site next week after planners gave the green light to the development.

An artist's impression of how the new school building will look
An artist's impression of how the new school building will look

Sundorne Infant School and Nursery in Shrewsbury will move from Corndon Crescent to join with Harlescott Junior School in Featherbed Lane. The move will enable the Haughmond Federation - the trust which runs both schools - to consolidate its infant and junior provision on one site.

Pave Aways will break ground on the carbon neutral scheme, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete, on February 1.

The build, being delivered on behalf of Shropshire Council, includes a nursery setting, 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.

MHA Architects devised the overall plan.

Steph Peters, executive head of the Haughmond Federation, said: “We are delighted to see the start of this exciting project and are looking forward to being a part of the build as it progresses over the coming months.”

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This project has an important part to play in the securing of additional primary phase school places in the north of Shrewsbury. We are delighted that the project is getting underway and look forward to the day when the new education provision opens and the pupils are able to access their new facilities.”

Pave Aways’ managing director Steven Owen said: “We are very pleased to be be starting work on this important investment in primary school provision in the town.

“We’ll be drawing on our extensive experience in the education sector and working closely with the school to ensure that day to day life continues as normal while we deliver this exciting new phase for the Haughmond Federation.

“A Meet the Buyer event will take place in February for local sub contractors and suppliers who want to work with us on the project.”

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