Emilie Farrimond, Senior Project Manager at Concertus, said “The new Grace Cook Primary and Pre-School will provide a modern, fit for purpose learning environment for local children, as well as helping to ease pressure on local schools due to the expansion of housing in the area. Our design is focused on representing the school’s surroundings within the colour choices and fabric of the building and creating a central community hub which will be both unique and aesthetically pleasing.”
Rachel Hood, Cabinet member for Education at Suffolk County Council, said: “The initial construction stages of the Grace Cook Primary School in Stowmarket is the next milestone in our busy programme to create additional first-rate education provision across the county.
“The delivery of this mainstream school, and significant pre-school places, follows the opening of the new Thurston Church of England Primary Academy buildings this week and continued development of a range of new special education settings across the county.”
Councillor Penny Otton, Liberal Democrat councillor for Thedwastre South, at Suffolk County Council, said, “The new school will be an exciting part of the pupil’s education, attending this brand-new school. To name it after Grace Cook is an excellent example of celebrating one of Suffolk and Stowmarket’s women who may not be as well known as she should be.”
R G Carter has now started work at the new site, which will also be able to accommodate future expansion, help guarantee continuity of provision and meet future population growth in the area.
Leading on the construction, James Wilson, Director and General Manager from R G Carter said, “We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver this much-needed facility for the local community. We have extensive experience in providing high-quality educational facilities across the region and are looking forward to working in partnership with Orwell Multi-Academy Trust and Concertus on this exciting new project.”
The new 210 place primary school and 60 place pre-school will open in September 2022 to provide sufficient school places for local children and help support the new housing developments in the area.