Work begins on new £8.8million primary school and nursery for Milton Keynes, which will accommodate 669 pupils
Located in Calverton Lane, the 630-seat primary school and 39-seat crèche are being built on behalf of Milton Keynes Council to provide local education provision for the Fairfields and Whitehouse housing estates.
Willmott Dixon is working alongside project architect Synergy Architects to create the modern facility which will include classrooms, a multi-purpose hall and outdoor sports courts.
Michelle Cotterill, Principal of Willmott Dixon, said: “We are delighted to be on hand at Watling Primary and Nursery School, building on our long-standing relationship with Milton Keynes Council. Our recent projects with the council include St Mary’s Wavendon Church of England Primary School and Whitehouse Medical Centre.
The West Expansion area is the largest expansion area in Milton Keynes and comprises two developments to create 6,550 homes. The area will have an estimated population of 15,000 when completed in early 2030 and the new school and nursery will play a key role in ensuring local amenities are available for the growing population.
Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Milton Keynes Council, said: “It’s amazing how quickly the teams are working on site to create the foundations for this wonderful new school. Watling Primary will be essential for families moving to the area who want local, quality schools.
“We know that good planning and reduced environmental impact will keep these schools here for many years to come.”
Ian Joyce, Acting CEO of The Denbigh Alliance, said: “We are delighted to be part of this special building project and delighted to welcome a new primary school to our Trust family. The school will provide exceptional learning opportunities for local children, with an emphasis on outdoor learning and play, and a STEM-rich curriculum.
Watling Primary and Nursery School will have three active electric vehicle charging points, with infrastructure to service another 20, as well as roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to facilitate the use of solar power and use geothermal heat pumps rather than gas boilers. These measures will help the project achieve the council’s sustainable development goals and the Department of Education’s energy benchmark.