We are delighted to have recently been appointed as Architects to work alongside Main Contractor, R G Carter, on the planned expansion of Hanslope Primary School in Milton Keynes.
Despite not being able to meet face to face, the project team have been determined to adapt in order to maintain business as normal. With all stakeholders working hard and collaborating effectively, the project has just gone through the public consultation stage, which ran from the 17th until to the 24th August, aiming to gather the views of local residents on the proposed plans. We are now hoping to submit the planning application shortly, once the findings of the public consultation have been reviewed. Despite the many restrictions in place during the early stages of this project, the collaborative approach undertaken by the entire team has been the key factor that has enabled the design to evolve.
The extension at Hanslope Primary School is necessary in order to meet the growing need for school places for children in Milton Keynes, and once finished will take the number of places available at the school from 270 to 480. As an Ofsted rated “Outstanding” school, this significant increase in the number of places available will be great news for parents in the Milton Keynes area, who wish to send their children here. The school has been at the heart of its local community since it was first built, and it has been a clear goal for the school to maintain this status in the community. To assist with this goal, GSSArchitecture have worked closely with the school and Milton Keynes Council in order to ensure that the design suitably meets the needs of the school and its students.
Chris Chapman, Partner in charge of GSSArchitecture’s Milton Keynes office, commented “We’re delighted to have been appointed by R G Carter, to design the expansion of Hanslope Primary School, in order to provide additional school spaces needed in line with exciting new housing developments in the area. Hanslope Primary School has a great reputation, and it has been a pleasure to work closely with all of the project team, in order to ensure that we can deliver a building that will help to increase this reputation.”
Works at the school will also include an all-weather sports pitch and an increased parking area. The all-weather sports pitch will be located on a plot of land acquired as part of a Section 106 agreement adjacent to the existing school playing field.
“We are delighted to have been appointed to help deliver this exciting new project,” said Ken Woodhall Commercial Manager at R G Carter. “The current unprecedented situation has made it more important than ever to work collectively, and we look forward to supporting Milton Keynes Council and all the partners involved in the project, to help deliver a facility which will have a positive impact on the community for many years to come.”