£2 million extension complete at historic Fochabers school

MORGAN Sindall has announced the completion of a £2 million extension to Milne’s Primary School in Fochabers, north east Scotland.

The firm was tasked by Moray Council with carrying out the 6,800 sq ft extension and refurbishment of the Category A listed Gothic School, which is built of ashlar sandstone with a slate roof and dates back to 1846.

The five-classroom extension was built to the rear of the existing structure and contains staff rooms, offices and quiet time and ancillary support facilities. Features include solar panels, underfloor heating and air conditioning, along with larch cladding that has been coloured to blend in with the existing architecture.

The extension means the school’s 200 pupils and 20 nursery children to all be taught within the same building.

The second phase of the project will see the existing nursery school demolished in time for the start of the new academic year. In its place the site team will create a new play area and outdoor amphitheatre.

Stuart Parker, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland said, “Expanding historic buildings requires a sympathetic approach and a particular skillset which many contractors simply don’t have anymore. Milne’s Primary is one of several listed buildings which our special works team has been commissioned to deliver.

“The finished project is a brilliant example of blending new with old. We’re incredibly proud to hand it over and confident it will support learning at the site for years to come.”