Osborne Finishes School Early

Osborne has completed construction of the Vigo Infant and Junior School extension in Andover, Hampshire, ten days early.

The team completed the project ahead of schedule and the school was handed back earlier than planned.

The £2.3m contract for Hampshire County Council saw a new single-storey extension added to each school, creating five additional classrooms overall and other facilities, along with alterations to the existing school building. 

Re-modelling of the hard and soft landscape around the school took place, as well as changes to the internal layout.

Regular planning meetings were held between the site team and the school to avoid unnecessary disruption or disturbance to the schools.  The work will allow the schools to increase the number of pupils from 420 to 630.

Anne Perriam, head teacher of Vigo Infant School initially expressed reservations before work began, but since said she enjoyed the experience of the project, and “was impressed how well the project went, with acceptable disruption to the running of the two live schools, which was down to good communication and the attitude of the site team.”

Dave Dawkins said:  “I am proud of the team, we are truly delighted with the results of this project.  As always, avoiding disruption in a live environment is a huge challenge.  Early contractor engagement proved a valuable asset in allowing us to plan and design elements of the work in advance so there was no delay in implementation.  Equally important was our close working relationship with the school itself and, again, communication and planning was everything.”