Staffordshire County Council has selected Seddon Construction to build two new schools which will help meet the need for more primary school places in Burton-on-Trent.
The Seddon team has just started building a brand-new home for St Modwen’s Primary School which is due for completion in early 2014. They have also begun work on the new Scientia Academy building with the first phase set to be completed by the end of August and the second phase due to be completed by the end of December 2013.
Seddon has been chosen for the two contracts – together worth £12 million – through its membership of Staffordshire County Council’s construction framework. Seddon is already working on a £4 million project to deliver the new Christchurch Primary School in Burton-on-Trent.
Seddon Construction managing director Jonathan Seddon says: "We are proud to be working with Staffordshire County Council to deliver these modern new learning environments. It is exciting to see work beginning on these projects which will help answer the need for more primary school places locally while delivering state-of-the-art educational facilities for pupils and teachers.”
Local county councillor Liz Staples said: "The county council has long stated its ambition to create a prosperous county where young people can learn, grow and make a significant contribution to the success of the area.
"To do this, they need access to the best school facilities possible – every child in Staffordshire deserves the best possible education. Our ambitious work in Burton shows we’re not afraid to do things differently, that we can put in a series of innovative solutions that best fits the issue we’re facing and, ultimately, will set Burton and its young people up for a bright future.”
Both the St Modwen’s Primary School development and the Scientia Academy are being built using a sustainable cross laminated timber frame construction system which is manufactured off-site to a high standard. The system delivers overall quality improvements, as well as enabling construction time to be reduced and leading to increased air tightness and less waste.
The St Modwen’s Primary School development will enable the school to move from its current site to a new two-storey building on land off the Tutbury Road. It will make it possible for the school eventually to provide places for up to 420 pupils. The new building will include solar photovoltaic panels and a ground source heat pump.
The new Scientia Academy will create places for around 420 foundation and primary school stage pupils. It is being built at the former Belvedere Sports and Social Club site with a new entrance and exit to the school site set to be created off Mona Road. The project includes the redevelopment of the adjoining bowling club facilities through the construction of a new bowling club pavilion and upgrading of parking facilities. A new access road also will be built for residents of Belvedere Road affected by the development.
Part of the Seddon Group, Seddon Construction has a turnover of more than £150 million and employs over 1,000 people. The company provides the full range of construction services, specialising in new-build, refurbishment, development and sustainable energy.
The Seddon Group is a family-owned company specialising in construction, painting and maintenance and housebuilding, with a national turnover of over £250 million.