Derby students get speedy school building lesson from Morgan Sindall Construction

Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to rapidly build a new primary school in Mickleover,

Derby to replace a facility that was destroyed by fire last year.

The £6.9m modular project at Ravensdale Infant School was awarded to the main contractor by Derby City Council via SCAPE through SCAPE Construction.

Once complete, the three-form-entry school designed by Lungfish Architects will provide teaching space for 270 pupils as well as a 26-place nursery for children that lost their existing school due to a fire in October 2020.

Demolition works started in early 2021 and all the construction work is expected to be finished in only 45 weeks, in time for the students to move in after next year’s summer half term break.

The modular nature of the new building has facilitated this rapid timetable. The whole school will arrive onsite in only 58 modules, which means it can be very quickly assembled into a high-quality educational facility.

The SCAPE public-sector partnership is expected to deliver £1.1 billion of construction work to enhance community buildings and infrastructure. Morgan Sindall Construction has been a part of the framework for more than three years.Rob Cant, framework director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said:

“We’re delighted to have been able to help support the families, teachers and the local people that were affected by the loss of their local infant school last year. The innovative and modular nature of the new building ensures that we can get the whole school up and running again in less than a year!”

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