Primary expands with bright new look
New buildings at Castle Primary School have won an award
CASTLE Primary School in Keynsham now has the capacity to take another 210 children.
A new teaching block, incorporating four new classrooms and a hall, has been built and the existing school has been remodelled.
Classrooms and facilities have had a substantial refurbishment and outside areas have been redesigned with new and enlarged playground areas, natural habitats and playing fields.
The new building, designed by BBA Architects of Bath, has won a Building Control Award for Building and Design Quality. The main contractor was H Mealing and Sons of Bath.
The expansion was part of a £7.5m programme funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council providing additional primary school places to meet growing demand from local housing developments and general population growth.
Keynsham will also see a new primary school open next year. Two Rivers CE Primary will admit reception-class pupils into temporary accommodation on the Wellsway campus until the school’s permanent buildings on the Hygge Park housing development, funded by the Department for Education, open nearby.
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Councillor Kevin Guy, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “As our communities evolve and grow, we need to invest in our schools to ensure they meet the demand for places.
“We’ve built fantastic modern facilities which will serve their local communities for many years to come. Providing additional places in areas that are growing will also help us tackle the climate emergency as pupils will be able to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to school, reducing car journeys and carbon emissions.”