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Novus completes major school extension
We've built two brand new extensions at a first school in Leek, giving teachers and pupils a third more space in six classrooms, relieving them from cramped conditions.
 
Other elements of the project included the replacement of roofing on the rear elevation of the adjoining main school block, the renewal of rainwater goods and the removal of two disused chimneys. We began the work, worth £290,000, in May and completed it at the end of August.
 
Novus representatives attended a public event attended by Leek Town Mayor John Fisher at Westwood First School, on Westwood Road, to celebrate the completion of the works.
 
Those attending the event were given the chance to look around the new extension during the school’s autumn fair, which aimed to raise funds for Douglas Macmillan Hospice. We began the school’s fundraising with a donation of £100.
 
Mike Swindells, commercial manager, said working in a live, term-time environment meant he and his team faced many challenges.
 
He said: “We worked in partnership with the school to ensure we co-ordinated the project so that minimal disruption was caused to the routines of teachers and pupils.
 
“Some classrooms were closed so we could work on them while temporary partitions were erected in other classrooms so we could work around the daily lessons.
 
“We would alternate the classrooms we worked on in a balancing act with the school and we managed the flow of children and parents during the day with health and safety firmly at the forefront of our minds.
 
“We were lucky to be working with a great team of staff at the school who were positive about the project and about tackling the problems encountered working in a live school environment.”
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