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Ground broken on new £7.5 million school building project in Cheltenham

Ground has been broken on a project to build a brand new £7.5 million carbon neutral school building at Warden Hill Primary.

Warden Hill Primary is rated as an 'outstanding' school by Ofsted, however, the existing poor-quality buildings are in need of extensive renovation.

Detailed investigations into the existing site and buildings showed it would be a more efficient use of resources to replace the existing infant and junior buildings with a brand new energy efficient one.

Initial funding of £6.5 million to build the new school building was agreed in 2020, with an additional £1 million approved by Gloucestershire County Council on Thursday, November 11.

After a ground breaking ceremony on November 11 attended by Cllr Philip Robinson, cabinet member for Economy, Education and Skills at Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Emma Nelson and representatives of Warden Hill Primary School, work onsite began yesterday lead by Gloucester firm E G Carter.

Cllr Robinson said: "This project is all about giving pupils and teachers in our county the excellent learning environment they deserve.

"The current school needs substantial improvement and Gloucestershire County Council's £7.5 million investment will ensure that happens."

Cllr Emma Nelson, local member for Warden Hill at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The new and improved school facilities are excellent news for the local community.

"I am looking forward to the completion of this project, and Warden Hill Primary School being able to welcome its pupils into far superior facilities."

Thomas Jones, associate director at E G Carter & Co Ltd, said: "We are delighted to be constructing yet another school in Gloucestershire.

"Working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and our design team Roberts Limbrick, Simpson Associates, Smith Consult and Pegasus will help ensure that the design, construction and delivery will be to the highest standard.

"We are looking forward to the new school developing its identity in the months to come."

The new building is due to be completed in the autumn of 2022, with the demolition works of the old school building being completed by Spring 2023.

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