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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Work begins to expand Carlisle primary schools

Work to expand two overcrowded primary schools in Carlisle is expected to be completed by September, council chiefs say.

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Temporary classrooms are put in place at Kingmoor

Temporary classrooms are being moved on to the site of Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School at Lowry Hill, the first visible step in the five-month redevelopment which began yesterday.

The neighbouring Kingmoor Junior School will also see significant changes in the £1.4m scheme, funded by Cumbria County Council.

Two new classrooms will be built at the nursery and infant school on Hether Drive.

A further two classrooms, a learning resource centre, five other rooms and stores will be created at the junior school.

The work has been planned to coincide with the start of the Easter holidays. It is hoped disruption will be kept to a minimum by timing the work to tie in with holidays.

Pupil numbers have already gone up at the schools to meet a rise in demand.

Letters have been sent to parents, residents and users of the community business centre inside the junior school giving them instructions on how to access the schools while building work takes place.

Parents are also urged to cut car journeys where possible, choosing to walk or cycle instead.

Councillor David Southward, Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for property, said the work starting was a “real landmark moment for the Kingmoor schools”.

“I'm sure all involved with the schools will be looking forward to the completion of the project by the autumn term,” he said.

“All efforts are being made to minimise inconvenience and we have created the work programme with this aim in mind.

“This expansion is essential to meet the demand for pupil places and allow the schools to continue to function successfully.”

The work at Kingmoor is being carried out by Jacobs Stobbarts, the Workington-based firm which has developed several of the council’s primary schools including in Carlisle Robert Ferguson and Yewdale schools.

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “Jacobs Stobbarts are a highly experienced contractor.

“At Kingmoor, the county council is working closely with both schools and Jacobs Stobbarts to ensure the planned works take place as smoothly as possible. Parents, pupils and local residents should be confident that work will be completed on time.”

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