Beard is building for education in West Sussex

As a major regional provider of education facilities, we’re delighted to be working with West Sussex County Council on a much-needed £2.5 million expansion of Crawley Down Church of England Primary School in Crawley.

The new learning facilities, which will increase the village school’s pupil places by a third, is one of four school expansions our Guildford office is delivering in partnership with the Council to meet rising pupil numbers across the county which will require an extra 702 primary places and 2,281 in secondary schools by September 2021.

Crawley Down School currently caters for 355 pupils. The new single-storey extension we are building will provide a further three classrooms, a new main hall, a Key Stage 1 learning facility, a larger kitchen for school meals, a changing room and a Special Education Needs (SEN) office. Our project team will also create a sports court and car and cycle parking facilities.

The expansion will enable the school to increase its annual admission number from 45 to 60 pupil places and provide the appropriate teaching accommodation. Construction works are due to start in February with completion scheduled for the end of this year.

Improving education facilities

Our Guildford office is in negotiations with West Sussex County Council to further improve and expand learning facilities at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bognor Regis and Bourne Community College in Southbourne. If approved, the St Mary’s scheme will create an extra three new classrooms over two storeys, a new library, a group room, two offices and an extension to the current school hall.

The Bourne Community College development would create a five-classroom teaching block enabling the college to move from a five to a six-form entry secondary school and provide many more academic places for students in the area. The scheme would deliver two general classrooms, a food technology room and a flexible teaching space – supporting digital manufacturing systems such as 3D printers – bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects to life. It will also build a five-a-side 3G football pitch.

“We’re very pleased to be working again with West Sussex County Council on this vitally important expansion for Crawley Down Primary School,” says Guy Hannell, Beard Guildford director. “These new learning facilities will provide much-needed additional primary school places to meet growing pupil numbers in the village and East Grinstead area. I know that children, parents and teachers can’t wait for the new extension to be built and our construction team is really looking forward to building it for them.”

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