Crescent Primary Opens with a Bang!

6 August 2015

HCC and RBC Team Members at the awards

The extension to Crescent Primary School opened with a fanfare this month! The school organized an afternoon of singing, poems, salsa bands and Japanese drumming to celebrate their new buildings.
The project to extend the school from 2FE to a 3FE has added; 8 classrooms, 4 group rooms, main hall, with kitchen, entrance and reception, general office and new staff accommodation. The project continues with the construction of a car park over the summer and replacement of the water logged grass pitch with a synthetic turf. Well done to the team!

 

Weeke Primary's Opening Celebrations

6 August 2015

Weeke Primary School

Weeke Primary School, Winchester, recently held a celebration event to 'officially' open their new building. The new building has provided Weeke Primary School with permanent accommodation to replace the temporary classrooms previously at the school. The event was well attended by many of the school children and their parents and was a great opportunity for the school to showcase their talents, including poems written by the children inspired by the building project and performances by the key stage 2 choir.
Sheila Alderson (Chair of Governors) said:
"...The children are very proud of their new surroundings, the staff find the environment is more conducive to work in, and there have been many compliments from parents and visitors. We feel we have a building that is fit for the 21st century, which will enhance our children’s learning. It is lovely to think of our cramped conditions as a thing of the past!”

 

Colden Common Completion

6 August 2015

Colden Common Primary

Colden Common Primary school has this summer taken possession of two new reception classrooms and a remodelled library and IT suite. The extension which follows the Architectural form of the original build is placed so as to provide a secure play area and a discreet courtyard that is accessed from the main hall.
Well done to the team!

 

South Farnborough Phase 1 Complete

6 August 2015

The extension (phase1) of South Farnborough Junior School was completed this month. The £1.6m project provides four new classrooms but the real success is how the new build project has joined up with the recladding of the existing Scola building (phase 2).
The design team in Design and Implementation joined strategies with colleagues in Property Management so that the two schemes shared architectural language, planning applications, site compound and haul road.

 

Milestone for Reading

6 August 2015

Milestone for Reading

Congratulations to E.P.Collier that started on site this month. Hoddsal Road will be shortly starting on site as well after both projects completed their gateway 3.
These are the last two of the major projects for Reading Borough Council (RBC) signifying a major milestone for the relationship between Hampshire CC and RBC.

 

HCC and RBC Highly Commended in Constructing Excellence Awards 2015

10 July 2015

HCC and RBC Team Members at the awards

The joint Reading Borough Council and Hampshire County Council team (right) were highly commended in the Constructing Excellence Awards 2015 in the Leadership & People Development category for their Educational Opportunities initiative.
Working in partnership with Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty, they created a working group to optimise their schools programme. Their objectives – to improve the educational experience of pupils; ensure local residents benefit from the works, and to highlight construction industry career opportunities. Congratulations to all involved.

 

Planning approval for Hampshire 2016/17

10 July 2015

Great Binfields perspective drawing

Congratualtions to the teams of Great Binfield Primary (left), Tower Hill Primary, Hook Infant and Junior, Oakwood Infant, Greenfields Junior and Marnell Junior who all gained planning approval for their schemes this week.
This sees the progression of the extension projects as part of the Hampshire 2016/2017 Programme of work.

 

Vigo Infant School Completes

10 July 2015

Vigo Infant School photo

The extension of Vigo Infant and Junior School is now complete. The £2 million project expands the schools from a two to three form of entry (420 pupils to 630). The work comprises the construction of a rear single-storey extension providing five classrooms, planning, preparation and assessment space (PPA) and a nurture room.
The school will be using the building from September and are extremely happy with handover, ahead of schedule and below the available funding. Well done to the team!

 

Locks Heath Infant School Completes

10 July 2015

Classroom in Locksheath Junior School.

The extention of Locks Heath Infants School was handed over in early July.
The Infant School shares a site with the Junior School, both of which are being extended to replace temporary accommodation with permanent. The Infant School consists of three new classrooms and one staff room. The Junior School completes early August and the external works in mid October. Well done to the team!

 

Westgate School opening

15 June 2015

Westgate School, Winchester

The completed Westgate School project officially opened in May as Hampshire’s first all-through school.
The school welcomed prospective parents, County Councillors and the Lord Lieutenant. The newly developed lower school will provide an extra 420 primary school places for Winchester children and was featured on the ITV Meridian website.
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Barton Farm goes in for planning

15 June 2015

Model of Barton Farm Primary School

The new primary school for Barton Farm in Winchester goes in for planning this month.
The project will be the next of our BIM pilot projects.

 

 

 

 

Reading Roman Hoard Jackpot

15 June 2015

photo of excavated Roman coins

A hoard of Roman coins has been found buried in the grounds of The Ridgeway Primary School in Reading, currently being expanded by HCC Property Services.
The exciting discovery of a pottery vessel, containing up to 300 coins, came during an archaeological exploration of the site before the start of the school’s planned expansion and building improvements.

 

RBC Civic Office Refurbishment Proving Popular

15 June 2015

photo of refurbished Reading Council offices.

The recent refurbishment of Reading Borough Council's (RBC) offices by HCC Property Services is proving popular.
RBC needed to move out of their existing offices as it was riddled with asbestos and scheduled for demolition.
With HCC Property Services' help, new premises were found and were then refurbished to suit the council's major down-sizing - 45 per cent less office space feasible through flexible working.

 

New major construction framework for public sector projects across the South of England

20 May 2015

Logo of the Southern Construction Framework (SCF).

This new framework supersedes the very successful South East and London (SEaL) construction framework for major projects, which has so far had a £2 billion turnover and has generated more than £100 million of collective savings.
The 11 contractors appointed across the three lots will deliver up to £3.9 billion in the four-year life of the framework. The SCF builds on the success of previous frameworks for major schemes in the South East and South West, and is designed to complement existing arrangements for smaller projects that are run separately in the three regions. The SCF provides one framework of three lots for the more major projects in these areas. Owing to the variance in arrangements for smaller projects, the values of major schemes that are eligible to use the new framework will be:

Visit www.southernconstructionframework.org.uk for more information.
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