New classrooms open in £2.3m school extension

COMPLETE: Six new classrooms have been built at Trinity CE Methodist Primary SchoolI Inset, construction boss Michael Conlon

COMPLETE: Six new classrooms have been built at Trinity CE Methodist Primary SchoolI Inset, construction boss Michael Conlon

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Work has been completed on a £2.3m project to extend and double the size of a primary school.

Since Trinity CE Methodist Primary School, in Buckshaw Village, opened in January 2011, there has been strong demand for reception places.

So the scheme was carried out by Conlon Construction to extend the school’s capacity to two-form entry – an intake of 60 pupils each year.

Designed by architectural and planning consultancy, Cassidy And Ashton, the two-storey extension has merged with the existing building, with buff brick, white render and green cladding panels to the elevations.

The six additional classrooms provide space for pupils and staff.

The £5.5m school, originally designed and built by both companies, was commissioned by the Diocese of Blackburn and the Methodist Circuit.

As well as the school building, it features a multi-use games area, habitat garden and two junior-sized football pitches.

Headteacher, Jill Wright, said: “We’re all thrilled with the new building and looking forward to using it.

“By retaining the same team, we have been able to maintain the quality of the original building and everyone is excited about using the new facilities for the first time.”

Michael Conlon, chairman of Conlon Construction, added: “We were delighted to have been re-appointed as the contractor to complete this latest phase of works at a school which is a popular landmark in the local community.

“Nationally there is an urgent need for extra school places and so to be able to deliver on that requirement, whilst also maintaining the quality of the building, has been a pleasure.”