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Main works commence on £8.5m Derbyshire primary school rebuild

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Recently, a ceremony was held at Bramley Vale Primary School to officially mark the start of main works following the demolition of the old school building.

In what is the largest project of its kind that Derbyshire County Council has been involved in, Morgan Sindall Construction was appointed to deliver the works via the SCAPE Construction framework, a direct award framework designed to drive collaboration, efficiency, time and cost savings on construction projects.

Originally built in the 1930s, parts of Bramley Vale Primary School had come to the end of their life and required replacement, with ongoing repairs no longer providing a cost-effective solution compared to the cost of a complete rebuild.

Morgan Sindall has a strong track record of delivering high quality, modern schools and this will be a fantastic addition to the council’s education portfolio, demonstrating how cost, quality and carbon can be balanced and complementary in the provision of sustainable school buildings. Delivering through SCAPE ensures that the highest level of social value will be created, maximising every pound spent and leaving positive within the local community.

Mark Robinson

Group Chief Executive at SCAPE

Keeping sustainability in mind

This is one of the biggest primary school building projects we have ever been involved in and we’re very pleased to be working in partnership on this exciting multi-million-pound project making the best use of our resources to provide a high-quality modern school for local children and for use by the wider community.

Alex Dale


Once complete, the new school will accommodate up to 175 pupils aged up to 11 with the addition of five full-size classrooms. With sustainability in mind, the school will be fitted with eco-friendly heating, lighting and ventilation, with a heat recovery system for optimised efficiency.

Other amenities include a multi-use general teaching room, a new library, staff and office space, a catering kitchen facility and new, wall-mounted PE equipment.

Additionally, Morgan Sindall will undertake extensive landscaping works on the school grounds to widen their use and for the delivery of Forest School lessons. The school field will also be reinstated to Sports England standards.

Opening ceremony at Bramley Vale Primary School
Opening ceremony at Bramley Vale Primary School

Keeping the school operational and efficient

The newly rebuilt Bramley Vale Primary School will be situated opposite a new £1.2m purpose-built foundation block for its younger pupils which opened in 2015 featuring two classrooms and an outside play area for nursery and reception classes as well as toilets, an office and lobby area.

In keeping with Morgan Sindall’s Intelligent Solutions approach, a Temporary Learning Village was installed on the lower school field site to limit disruption and ensure the school remained fully operational while the demolition and main works took place. It will now remain in place until the school hands over and the children move into their new classrooms.

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