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5 March, 2018 - 16:39 By Kate Sweeney

Building work underway for Huntingdon primary school

Construction has begun on a new community-focused primary school at Wyton-on-the-Hill, which has been designed by Cambridge-based Saunders Boston Architects.

The Cambridge architecture practice was appointed to provide full architectural design and lead consultant services to Cambridgeshire County Council through design and build contractor RG Carter.

The county council gave approval to demolish the existing school and caretaker’s accommodation last November and replace it with a two-storey school building and single-storey pre-school, together with means of access, parking and landscaping. The school is still operational while renovations are taking place.

Nathan Swift, director at Saunders Boston Architects, said: “The new school has been designed around a communal learning resource space which links the teaching spaces with the main hall, studio and pre-school.

“When designing both the primary and pre-school we knew that we needed to retain all operational purposes of the previous site, while modernising the façade of the school.

“We used Trespa exterior panels in the school colours to create a one-of-a-kind effect, determining the look and underline the qualities of the building.”

The new primary school will provide over 300 places for children from families in the existing community and to cater for those moving into the new houses due to be developed at RAF Wyton. A 40-place pre-school is being built adjacent to the school. 

• PICTURED ABOVE: Graphical representation of the new primary school designed by Saunders Boston Architects.

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