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Children Cant Wait For Half Term To End They Move

Monday, 03 November 2008

Children in Malinslee have an extra reason to be excited about returning after half term this week - as they move into their new school.

Miller Construction has spent 11 months working in partnership with the Borough of Telford and Wrekin Council, building the state-of-the-art new Old Park Primary School - as well as getting to know staff and children by taking part in classes and school trips - and now the wait is over.

After a slightly extended half-term break, pupils and teachers will return on November 5 to a brand new £10 million school, complete with state-of-the-art facilities and environmentally friendly heating and water supplies.

Headteacher Mrs Mandie Haywood said: "It has been fantastic to see the new school taking shape in front of our eyes - and be told all about it by the team at Miller - but now it's ready, we just can't wait to get in.

"The new facilities will make such a difference to both the children and the staff, and will create a much more positive and productive learning and working environment for everyone."

Within the four split-level wings and central hub of the new school will have 19 21st Century classrooms with interactive white boards, a sports hall/gymnasium, a food technology teaching area, and new recreational and sports facilities.

The building also has a number of eco-friendly facilities such as a biomass boiler, which heats the school using wood pellets, helping it achieve a rating of "Very Good" by industry body BREEAM (the Building Research Environmental Assessment Method Consultancy).

To teach the children about the new green technology, the school's eco-facilities will even be linked to a webcam so that pupils can see how it works, showing things like how rainwater is harvested from the roof so it can be used to flush the toilets.

Miller Construction even minimised its own carbon footprint during the build process, recycling more than 75 per cent of the waste created during construction.

Mrs Haywood added: "Like all things, I'm sure some of it will take a little getting used to - I'm not sure I know how to switch the webcams on yet - but that's what makes it so exciting."

As well as the school facilities, the 5,000 sq ft building also has space for a private day nursery as well as new police, health and community facilities.

Now the main building is complete, Miller Construction will complete the external works, creating a new landscaped play areas and sports facilities. The team will also create an ecological garden to attract wildlife, so that the pupils can learn about the natural environment.

Miller Construction's project manager, Jim Rowley, added: "This has been a unique project for all of us. Not only have we been part of creating a fantastic new learning environment, but the school has really helped make us feel part of the community here.

"We have really got involved with the school like never before here and we're really looking forward to being able to see them using the new facilities."


Notes to editors:

Miller Construction is part of the Miller Group - the UK's largest privately-owned housebuilding, property development and construction businesses. For more information visit http://www.construction.miller.co.uk