Official opening for new school building

A new school building, designed by Tweedale Ltd, has been officially opened by Shadow Digital Minister, Liam Byrne MP.

The £2.1million project at Brownmead Primary Academy, located on Shard End in Birmingham, will eventually provide 210 extra primary school places for local children.

Tweedale, which has a great track record in designs for the education sector, worked with Acivico and contractor, Balfour Beatty, to deliver this project, which covers 522sq m and consists of six classrooms and new toilets.

Norman Lowther, senior architect at Tweedale, said: “Our experience in the education sector helped us to plan and design an extension that will allow current and future pupils to learn and thrive in a fantastic environment.

“The project was challenging in the sense that we had a tight deadline to work to, and, because we didn’t want to disrupt students any more than necessary, there were elements of off-site construction. This allowed for the speedy construction of classrooms in a controlled and safe environment.”

Acivico’s education account manager, Ryan Turner, said; “It’s been a great honour to be involved with the project and see the space being used and enjoyed by the increased intake for this new school year. Working with our partners at Tweedale and Balfour Beatty, we’ve been able to deliver an environment that the school and its pupils can be proud of.”

This is the second school project that Tweedale, Acivico and Balfour Beatty have partnered this year. They recently completed work on the phased development at Osborne Primary School, located on Osborne Road in Birmingham, which included a large two-storey classroom extension and major alterations and renovation of the existing Victorian buildings.