Published On: Mon, Nov 18th, 2013

William Davis completes school extension at Darley Dale

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STEVE HODGKIN / Credit - CHADWICKSFor the pupils of Darley Dale Primary School, returning to school after the half term break offered more excitement than normal as it marked the first use of three brand new classrooms.

Whilst children and teachers enjoyed the break, contractor and developer, William Davis Ltd put the finishing touches to the primary school’s extension, which has included three new classrooms, cloakrooms, toilets and a new playground with stunning views of the Peak District National Park. To celebrate, headmaster Peter Hughes invited representatives from the Loughborough-based company to join staff and pupils to cut the ribbon and ring the school bell.

Peter Hughes, headmaster commented: “The new facilities are fantastic and will enable the children to progress and learn in a quality, purpose built environment. The look on the children’s faces and those of the parents when they arrived for the first morning was priceless. No more walking up and down from the old building in all kinds of weather; this development has brought the school under one roof. One of the highlights of the build was the relationship the school built with William Davis; especially the day the children wore hard hats and hi-vis jackets to be builders for the day.”

Now the new classrooms have been completed, William Davis can continue with Phase II of this £3m redevelopment project. The pupils have vacated their old school, a Grade II listed building built in 1913, which the company will convert into seven, one and two bedroom properties for sale. In the former playground and surrounds, a further 15 affordable two and three bedroom homes are to be constructed on behalf of Dales Housing and Derbyshire County Council.

Stephen Fisher, business development manager at William Davis said: “Naturally, the school has been intrinsically involved from the very start of this project and we have consulted with them throughout to ensure the children will have the best possible facilities. The pupils have been brilliant; the health and safety competition we ran earlier in the year had an exceptional response and as they have seen the building take shape, their excitement and inquisitiveness has grown. To witness them today actually using the new classrooms was a really proud moment for us all; we hope they will provide a beneficial learning environment for many years to come.”

The Darley Dale Primary School project, due for completion in Autumn 2015, is the second scheme William Davis has undertaken on Dales Housing’s behalf, following the completion of Broadmeadow, Darley Dale in 2010.

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