£3.8m Fylde coast school build scheme completed

A Fylde school used by army families has an all new look thanks to a county construction firm.

Thursday, 18th May 2017, 5:50 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:44 pm
The Weeton Primary School building built by Conlon Constuction of Preston

Conlon Construction has completed the £3.8m project at Weeton Primary School.

The constructor began work on the new primary school at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool in January last year.

Now completed, the single-storey building replaces the old Weeton Primary School on nearby Grantham Road.

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As well as seven classrooms, it has a new playground and all-weather sports pitch. The new site also has a library, a Rainbow Room for children who need extra support, and a sports hall.

The project, commissioned and fully funded by Lancashire County Council as well as designed by the council’s design and construction team, adds additional school places increasing the capacity of the former building from 160 to 210 children.

Weeton Primary School was originally built in 1958 to provide education for the children of service personnel.

Since then it has welcomed over 5,000 pupils from countries including Singapore, Gibraltar, Australia, Ceylon and Bahrain.

Anthony Goth, head teacher at Weeton, said: “We worked closely with Lancashire County Council and Conlon to design the building to meet the needs of our children and are delighted to see our vision has come to life and exceeded our expectations.

“The staff and children are enjoying the new facilities and their bigger, brighter and more airy surroundings.

“It’s also great to have hot meals freshly prepared on site which wasn’t possible before. And the new building is well insulated keeping us all warm.”

Darren Lee, commercial director at Preston-based Conlon, said: “Weeton Primary School is the first education project that we have built at the heart of a military installation during our 55 years of business.

“We’re excited to have delivered it so successfully and to receive such positive feedback from the team at the school.”