Stepnell to deliver £5.2m Oxford primary school redevelopment

Stepnell recently started work on a £5.2 million redevelopment project for Bayards Hill Primary School in Headington, Oxford.

The project is being carried out for Oxfordshire County Council and is set for completion in the Spring of 2015. It involves significant remodelling of the current school buildings – which date from the 1960’s with some later accommodation built around 2000 - to create modern educational facilities offering an improved layout, increased accessibility and greater energy efficiency.

Designed by Carillion Capita, the scheme includes new single-storey extensions to existing teaching blocks; construction of a new two-storey infill block linking the buildings used by Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils. A number of existing buildings will be refurbished including the two-storey Key Stage 2 block, the administration area and the accommodation used by the County Music Service.

The Stepnell team will also replace old boilers with an energy-efficient, modern gas system and install solar photovoltaic panels on the roof. The redevelopment is set to create a number of jobs for local people over the duration of the construction programme.

Stepnell was chosen to work on the Bayards Hill Primary School scheme through its membership of Oxfordshire County Council’s Construction Partnership Framework.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families, Councillor Melinda Tilley comments: “A lot of planning and hard work has gone in to this project and I look forward to the job being complete and the benefits being realised by all at the school.”

Stepnell contract manager Jamie White says: “This is a major redevelopment which will create modern, energy-efficient educational facilities for pupils and teaching staff. The company works extensively in this type of ‘live’ setting and our focus will be on enabling the school to continue to function as normal.” Planned phasing of the remodelling work and the use of temporary classrooms will help keep disruption to a minimum during the construction work.

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