Potters Gate Primary School in Farnham. In keeping with many areas in the country Farnham has experienced a sharp rise in demand for school places. Much of the increase is due to demographic changes as families have moved out of London but still want to live within a reasonable commutable distance. Farnham, has proved popular with families. Not least because of the high quality of education offered in the area. Hence Potters Gate Primary needed five new classrooms as it looks to grow from a one- form entry school to a 420-place two-form entry Primary school. Two of the new classrooms were needed for September 2013 and project also included a state-of the art music and drama room, library and new reception area. This contractor was on site on from the summer 2012. The scheme required careful communication between the contractors and the school to ensure school life could continue to run as normal.
After the project was completed a spokesperson for the school said a particular feature of the project was the strong relationship with the contractors on-site. She said:
"Communications have been excellent. The contractors held assemblies at the school on site safety and we jointly organised a construction day for pupils with them. This gave pupils an opportunity to don hard hats and fluorescent jackets to check on the progress of their new classrooms. They were very excited by this and the new facilities which we will have once the work is complete in time for September.
The project has been managed very well and has been smooth running with on-time completion of the first works meaning two new classes are already being used.
The wider community will be able to make use of the facilities such as the hall, the music and drama rooms outside of school hours ensuring this popular primary school remains a focal point and vibrant hub of the community."
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