Fixing a “golden bolt” in place at Castle Hill Primary School
To celebrate the completion of the new structural frame at Castle Hill Primary School, a ‘golden bolt’ was fixed into place by Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resource and Performance, Councillor Stephen Reid.
Commenting on the expansion, Cllr Reid said: “Our priority is to be able to offer places at good quality schools for every Hampshire child. I am really pleased to see the progress being made at Castle Hill to ensure that new children moving into the area will be able to go to school near to where they live. I am very pleased that the County Council is on track to meet the rising demand for extra school places with our sustainable, value-for-money building programme.”
Castle Hill Primary School operates over two sites; Greenbank and Rooksdown. The extension is being made to the Rooksdown Campus and the new building is a two storey, eight classroom extension that will increase the school’s capacity to a two-form entry school. In addition to the eight classrooms, which include a space for music and drama, the new building will have two group working rooms, staff offices and toilet facilities. The external façade has been designed to complement the appearance, character and scale of the existing building.
Steve Crook, Senior Contracts Manager, said: “We are very proud to reach this milestone for the second phase at Castle Hill Primary School. Having completed the first phase in 2015, we are delighted to be continuing our successful relationship with Hampshire County Council and the School. This event would not have been possible without the project team doing such a fantastic job in getting the frame complete on time.”
The project began this summer and is scheduled to complete during summer 2019, ready for the start of the 2019/20 academic year in September.