Osborne Celebrates Official Opening of Sussex School

Osborne and members of the West Sussex County Council, have been celebrating the official opening of Downview Primary School in Felpham, West Sussex.

The £3.6million, one year project, saw Osborne overseeing all the project design and building work, adapting and expanding Downview Primary School to a three form entry primary school, now able to cater for 630 students an increase in over 200 places, on budget and ahead of time.

Downview School were so taken by the dedication and hard work of the Osborne team, that the new ‘Allen Building’ was named after Osborne Site Manager, Allen Greenslade, who was on site daily.

Joining in the celebration was multi-award winning author Julia Donaldson, writer of childrens book ‘The Gruffalo’, who helped cut the opening ribbon with Allen Greenslade, alongside Finley and Jodie, the youngest and oldest students currently enrolled at Downview.

Following the ceremony Julia Donaldson was joined by her husband, Malcolm, and several of the schools teachers, where they re-enacted The Gruffalo for the whole school.

Mandy Williams, Headteacher at Downview Primary School said: “We are thrilled with our new learning environment. The quality of the build and finish are amazing and the whole Osborne team were fantastic, we could not have asked for anything more. We were delighted to welcome back so many of the team who gave up their time to return to share in our special opening ceremony.”

Allen Greenslade, Osborne Site Manager, said: “Having the new building named after me is a tremendous honour. Delivering the new school was a real Osborne team effort and I would like to thank every member of my team and everybody at Downview School for making this project such a success.”

David Dawkins, Osborne Contracts Manager said: “Being here for this special opening day is a pleasure for Osborne. The school will make a big difference to the local community, especially now they’re able to teach so many more children.”