New initiative from Dorset Company successfully completes first contracts
posted: 28th Oct 2013
R Schools, the new team from offsite construction specialists Rollalong Ltd based near Wimborne, was approached by Wokingham Borough Council in September 2012 with an urgent requirement for three new one form entry Primary schools at Charvil, Winnersh and Woosehill to be ready for the new school year in 2013.
The scope of work for each school was extensive, including not only 1440m² of teaching space, Sports Hall and a full kitchen but all the external works consisting of groundworks, drainage and attenuation, play areas included MUGA’s, tennis courts and playing fields. Other external works included providing car parks and boundary fencing.
R Schools uses a combination of in-situ traditional build elements along with factory manufactured modules, resulting in fast track build times and minimal site disruption. Each of the sites was compact and in close proximity to housing estates therefore the R Schools method of building was the perfect solution for these projects.
Windmill Primary School in Woosehill opened on the 9th of September 2013 much to the delight of the staff and pupils alike.
Head teacher, Bev Homer said “It’s a great start. We have a high teacher-pupil ratio and a good mix of girls and boys.
“You could tell from their faces how happy they were to see the brand new school.
“The parents have been very positive and supportive throughout it all too.”
The construction of the school wasn’t without it’s challenges, slow worms were found on the site. In line with the best ecological principles, the Slow worms were coaxed out of their winter hibernation and re-homed. Construction was delayed by 5 weeks but re-phasing of the project allowed opening of the schools on time.
The Sports Hall and 31 classroom modules were delivered during four days in early June, with the public looking on in wonder as the units were landed. During the subsequent weeks the build progressed at speed and the building was ready for the staff to get the school ready for the first pupils at the end of August.
The reception classroom (the first year of intake) has been furnished with brightly coloured tables and chairs, toys and even an indoor sandpit. There is also a dedicated outdoor play area for the reception class equipped with a number of outdoor toys to keep the pupils entertained. There are a further six classrooms, which will be filled during the next seven years, a library, food science room and a large sports hall, along with other administration areas.
The future is bright for R Schools. The need for school places is greater than ever. R Schools believe that children should be educated in a modern well equipped, light and airy school environment, their in house Architectural team are delighted with the first projects and are already planning improvements for future projects.