Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy cut the ribbon on expanded facilities
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday 20th September to mark the official opening of the newly-expanded Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy in Cheltenham.
Local celebrity BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson was there to cut the ribbon and open the doors to the new facilities.
The project involved a major reconfiguration of the existing school building to create new administration areas, a new key stage 2 classroom and an extension to the school hall.
The first phase of the project was to extend the hall and provide a new kitchen, servery and store. A room which had been used as a dining area was also returned to a classroom. The second phase provided new offices and involved a remodelling of the school’s entrance area to be fully DDA compliant and allow for a better flow of pupils, staff and visitors in and out of the building.
The project was delivered by national contractor Speller Metcalfe who were appointed to the scheme through the Gloucestershire County Council Contractor’s framework. Funding for the scheme was granted last year and came from s106 funding which is used in the local area for school expansions, community facilities or road improvement.
Joint Owner for Speller Metcalfe, Andy Metcalfe, said: “We have worked with Gloucestershire County Council through their contractor’s framework for over a decade and were very pleased to partner with them once again at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy.
We are delighted to see the opening of these fantastic new facilities and hope that they are enjoyed by teachers and pupils for many years to come.”
The school’s Headteacher, Mr Jones, said: “I am very pleased that the county council along with developers Speller Metcalfe were able to work with us to meet the needs of our school. The expansion work has been a real success and I know that the work will benefit Bourton Primary now and in the future”.
Pictured L-R: Joyce Clifford – Quattro Design Architects; Cllr Paul Hodgkinson – Gloucestershire County Council; Giles Hyland – Chair of Governors; Adam Henson – Cotswold Farm Park Owner and BBC Countryfile presenter; Mark Taylor – Site Manager, Speller Metcalfe; Nigel Francis – Senior Quantity Surveyor, Speller Metcalfe; Mr John ap Robert Jones – Headteacher.