Morgan Sindall hands over expansion of historic school
The construction company has delivered a £2 million extension to Milne's Primary School in North East Scotland
Posted by Julian Owen | August 08, 2018 | Bricks & mortar
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A significant expansion has been completed at the 19th century Milne’s Primary School in the Scottish village of Fochabers, following Morgan Sindall's delivery of a £2m project.

The occasion was marked with a celebratory handover, hosted by the building firm and attended by local councillors and education officials. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the new facilities.  

Morgan Sindall was appointed by Moray Council to carry out the 6,800 sq ft extension and refurbishment of the Category A-listed Gothic school, which is built of ashlar sandstone with a slate roof and dates back to 1846. 

Completed on budget, the five-classroom extension was built to the rear of the existing structure, and houses staffrooms, offices, and quiet time and ancillary support facilities.   

The energy-efficient building features solar panels, under-floor heating and air conditioning, as well as larch cladding coloured to blend with the existing architecture. 

The new extension will allow the school’s 200 pupils and 20 nursery children to be taught within the same building. 

“It is marvellous to see this extension completed; it’s transformed the school and the provision for our young people in Fochabers." 

Following the completion of the extension, the second phase of the project is due to begin. This will see the existing nursery school demolished in time for the start of the new academic year in September, replaced by a new play area and outdoor amphitheatre. 

Stuart Parker, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “Milne’s Primary is one of several listed buildings which our special works team has been commissioned to deliver. The finished project is a brilliant example of blending new with old. We’re incredibly proud to hand it over and confident it will support learning at the site for years to come.” 

Councillor Sonya Warren said: “It is marvellous to see this extension completed; it’s transformed the school and the provision for our young people in Fochabers. 

“Building a sympathetic extension to a listed building while retaining its functionality is always a challenge, but I’m delighted to see the results. It looks fabulous and I’m sure the young people will enjoy their time in it.”