Wates completes first phase of Mellers expansion

Wates completes first phase of Mellers expansion

Wates Construction has announced the completion of the first phase of its £3.2m extension of Mellers Primary School on Norton Road in Radford.

The school becomes the latest education project delivered by the contractor in Nottingham following the recent opening of Bluecoat Academy.

The new 950m2 building, constructed alongside the existing school, was commissioned by Nottingham City Council and procured through the empa framework, which is managed by Scape Group, a public-sector procurement specialist.

The extension will enable the school to accommodate two additional Key Stage 2 classes and will increase the school’s capacity from 210 to 420 places, helping to support the council’s commitment to increasing school provision across the city.

John Carlin, business unit director of Wates Construction Midlands, said: “The Wates team has thoroughly enjoyed its work expanding Mellers Primary School - getting to know the students and teachers has been a great pleasure for everyone working on the project.

“Hopefully our presence on site has given Mellers’ students an insight into how projects like these work, and how construction can be an incredibly exciting industry to work in. When the new school year begins in September we hope staff and students alike will take great pleasure in their new look school.

“This is the latest of a range of educational projects Wates has worked on in Nottingham, and the completed school will go some way to support the need for increased places in the region. We look forward to further collaboration with the council, using our experience in expanding schools to meet this demand.”

Phase two of the project, which will be complete before the new school year begins, will include the refurbishment of the school’s kitchen - adapting it from gas to electric, renovating toilets and converting a classroom into a staff room.

External works include the installation of a trim trail assault course and improving the appearance of bare areas of grass around the school grounds.