Preston firms team up for £4m project

Update: One of the new classrooms
Update: One of the new classrooms
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Two Preston-based firms have collaborated to provide a new £4.25m school.

Cassidy and Ashton and Conlon Construction designed and built Heyhouses Endowed CofE Primary School in St Annes during a 16 month project to increase capacity from 420 to 630 pupils.

The former school with infants and juniors on a split site was outdated and unsuited to modern teaching methods.

The project, commissioned by Lancashire County Council and the Diocese of Blackburn, has provided a new school, comprising 15 new classrooms, a main hall and small hall, a kitchen, sports pitches, playgrounds and parking.

The project also saw Conlon Construction build a 2,281 sq ft nursery school on site which replaces an old prefabricated building.

It utilises photo-voltaic panels to ensure that it is sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

Head teacher Mrs Elizabeth Hodgson said: “We are delighted with our new facilities.

“The children have embraced their new environment, are enjoying the smaller classes and there is a renewed purposeful buzz about the school.

“The project has reinvigorated both pupils and staff.”

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, added: “Whilst it was a challenge to deliver this project adjacent to a live school, it is one we are particularly proud of because it has completely transformed the space.”