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Honeybourne undertake major classroom extensions at Kings Heath Primary School, Birmingham

03 November 2017

Honeybourne, with their wealth of experience within this sector, have been engaged to extend 12 existing Key stage 2 classrooms at Kings Heath Primary School, to increase each classroom’s floor space by 40-45%.

In addition, works to convert an existing staff room area into a new classroom, a number of office and administration spaces are being created and relocation of the staff room into another area of the school that is currently a very small classroom space.

Work commenced in February 2017 and due to be finished at the end of October. Beginning of May saw the completion of the first two classrooms.

The two existing classrooms have been transformed into a now spacious area allowing children to enjoy their new learning area, which is light and airy.

The classrooms have a door leading to the playground where the children can now access this over a smart terrace walkway.

The overall look and feel of the new classrooms is impressive with the highest quality of workmanship that has been delivered by Honeybourne.

Adrian Broadbelt, Business Manager for Kings Heath Primary School commented “We are delighted with the work being undertaken by Honeybourne, the project is being exceptionally managed, and we are looking forward to watching the new classrooms progress”.

The School have been very pleased with how the refurbishment project has progressed. There have been some obstacles that exist in working within a live primary school.

This is very much a two way relationship requiring mutual respect and tolerance of each party's needs - not easy to achieve when primary education and construction are not particularly close in terms of normal operations.

At all times the team on site have conducted themselves in a most professional manner and have worked with flexibility throughout.

Adrian commented “Honeybourne should be commended for the way in which they have conducted themselves thus far.

"The assistance provided by the construction team during decant processes as classes needed to move between the school buildings and the temporary accommodation provided on the playground has been invaluable”.

Over the summer holidays there was a very noticeable acceleration in the project with works taking place both within the school building core as well as on the classroom extensions.

There was two teams working on the site both providing the same level of professionalism and support to the school.

Whilst the 700 plus pupils were on their summer break, Kings Heath was still home to a school holiday club so the continued consideration of the occupancy of other parts of the building remained important.

There have been a number of "little touches" that have made the relationship between construction, school staff, local residents and indeed pupils run smoothly.

These have been subtle but noticed and appreciated by the school. The final few weeks have been intensive, Honeybourne uncovered some additional work as internal demolitions began, but with the attitudes that the team on site and senior personnel at Honeybourne have displayed so far this has not interfered with the project being completed on time so the children on their return from half term can move into their new spacious classrooms.

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