Lancashire firms team up for school job

Delighted: Michael Conlon
Delighted: Michael Conlon
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Two of Lancashire’s leading property and construction firms have joined forces to deliver a two-storey extension at a local primary school.

Buckshaw Trinity Primary School, off Buckshaw Avenue, opened its doors less than three years ago but has already seen the number of reception places double from 30 to 60.

Now pupils can look forward to having extra space after Conlon Construction began working on six additional classrooms in a two-storey extension and doubling the size of the reception classroom, designed by architects Cassidy + Ashton.

The £5.5m school, originally designed and built by both companies, opened in September 2010 after being commissioned by the Diocese of Blackburn and the Methodist Circuit, and was intended for just 210 pupils.

Work began on July 1 and the project is due to be complete ready for the start of the Autumn term in September 2014.

Michael Conlon, construction director at Conlon Construction, said: “Having been involved in building the school originally, we were delighted to have been selected as a contractor to complete this next phase. We are aware that the children and staff are very pleased with the current facilities and are excited to be back on site to deliver work which will double the education space.”

Architects Cassidy + Ashton designed the extension so that year five pupils, currently housed in temporary accommodation, will have a classroom of their own.

It features a range of innovative and sustainable design elements, including photovoltaic panels that produce electricity and toilets that are flushed using rain water.

There’s also outdoor space, including a multi-use games area, habitat garden and two junior-sized football pitches.