A brand new primary school has been built in Romford after a construction firm was awarded a multi-million pound contract to get the show on the road.
Concordia Academy, which opened in 2016 on a temporary site has now expanded as part of the building project. The new school will be located on Union Road near the Queen’s Hospital. It will have three forms, and it is set to take up a space of 2,972 square metres.
Funding for the scheme has come from the Department for Education as well as associated bodies like the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The school is operated by REAch2, which is Britain’s biggest primary school-only academy trust.
Because the land on which the new buildings will be hosted is a brownfield site, the new school buildings were constructed offsite and transported to the area once they are completed. 67 building modules will be brought to the site in total, and it is estimated that it will take just twelve months to complete the job in full.
The move to the new site occurred in September of 2018. Previously, students were learning in temporary buildings. The new, fixed buildings include a double-figure number of classrooms, a drama and music studio and much more.
The Concordia building project is being managed by contractors McAvoy, and the team there said they were pleased to be contributing to the school place shortages affecting the education system across the region.
“We are delighted to be building this wonderful new school which will provide much needed primary school places for the local community in Romford,” said Raymond Millar, McCoy’s Construction Director.
“We will be using the latest advances in education design and offsite construction to create an inspiring environment for teaching and learning, and an outstanding school to help every child realise their highest aspirations.”
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Built on the site of the former Oldchurch Hospital on Union Road the school will cater for up to 630 children and is expected to reach full capacity in 2022. Concordia Academy aims to be firmly rooted in strong cultural, social and moral values. The staff hope to develop a community in which each individual can flourish. The curriculum will be exciting and inspirational, made special by providing children with a wide range of exciting and unique experiences. The Academy will deliver the National Curriculum in Years 1 to Year 6 and the Early Years Curriculum in Reception.
A number of major council housing zones across the London Borough of Havering have been marked for regeneration as part of a big demolition and construction project.
Under the plans, the number of council properties will rise dramatically once the project has been completely finished. 856 council homes will be replaced by over 3,000 new ones over a twelve-year process.
Three of the sites are located in Romford. The Waterloo Estate in the centre of the town will be completely regenerated, with work commencing at the end of 2019. The Old Church Gardens estate near the Queen’s Hospital will also undergo the same process, while the council sheltered housing on Queen Street will also be transformed.
Cash for the project is coming from a range of sources. The Greater London Authority, for example, has provided a multi million pound grant towards creating estates in which two-fifths of the new homes built are designated as affordable.
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