School extension increases pupil places from 45 to 60

Worthington Primary School extension

Property services provider, Wates Smartspace, has completed a new two-storey extension with fit-out at Worthington Primary School in Sale, Manchester.

The £1.6m project, which will enable the school to increase its annual places from 45 to 60, was delivered through the North West Construction Hub framework on behalf of Trafford Council.

It has provided four additional classrooms as well as new WC facilities.

The school remained in occupation for teachers and key workers throughout construction, which harnessed new site operating procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and work was completed with no delays.

Wates provided employment and training opportunities for five local people across 78 weeks during the project.

It also appointed a number of social enterprises as part of its project supply chain and, despite restrictions caused by the pandemic, was able to participate in initiatives that would benefit local people, including recycling construction waste into fence panels and planters and providing external paving outside the home of an NHS worker to improve their access.

Richard Evans, key account director, Wates Smartspace, said: “The success of this project can be seen in the quality of the extension at the school and how it is already enabling more children to thrive in education.

“We have helped create an inspiring place for children to learn and in doing so provided training and employment opportunities for local people.”

Head teacher, Mr C Searle, said: “I am more than delighted with the progress against all timescales and working with Wates has been a complete pleasure.”

Ian Hall, framework lead at North West Construction Hub, said: “Well done to all involved in this project. An admirable job for sure and one we are all proud to be a part of.”

This is the second appointment of Wates by Trafford Council to deliver alterations and extensions to improve educational facilities in Sale, following the completion of work at Park Road Sale Primary School in 2017.