Stepnell chosen to create £2m education and sports facilities for Oxfordshire Primary School



Stepnell has been appointed by property services specialist Carillion for a £2m scheme to build new learning and sports facilities for Hill View Primary School in Banbury, north Oxfordshire.

Work is under way by our Wantage team on a new two storey building which is being carried out on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council’s Property and Facilities Partnership.

The new facilities will house eight classrooms, a new school hall, group rooms and other accommodation.

The project, designed by Capita, will also involve the creation of a multi-use games area and additional parking and the removal of two temporary classrooms. The new building’s roof will house eco-friendly, electricity-generating solar photovoltaic panels.

Carillion operations director Josh Lavis says:  “This project will ensure there are sufficient pupil places to cope with the rising demand from families in the local area, whilst also reducing the pressure on neighbouring schools. The new facilities will provide a modern learning environment with more room for activities that can be enjoyed by current and future pupils of Hill View Primary School.”

The expansion is being funded by Oxfordshire County Council to help address the need for more pupil places in the local area.

The construction programme is set to finish in summer 2016.

“With a considerable track record in new build education work and of delivering schemes in occupied ‘live’ settings, our team is delighted to be helping create these superb educational and sports facilities for pupils and teaching staff at Hill View Primary,” says Steve Burgess, area manager for Stepnell. “We are continuing to win leading projects in the area using our regional supply chain and management staff.” The project is also creating local employment opportunities: the construction team includes Sam Mattock, from Chipping Norton, who is based on the project as an assistant site manager.

This win signals the continual growth of Stepnell’s activities in Oxfordshire which are run from our Wantage office.

In line with Stepnell’s commitment to working with the utmost consideration for local communities, the environment and the safety and wellbeing of the public and its own workforce, the project is registered with the national Considerate Constructors Scheme.  Stepnell is liaising closely with the school to ensure the construction programme has the least possible impact on its day-to-day activities. The company is also working with pupils to help them understand the potential dangers associated with construction activity and that they should never go unsupervised on to any building site.

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