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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Classrooms put together in just a day

A new £800,000 two-storey classroom block was lifted into place at Cockermouth School this week.

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EASY DOES IT: Roland Hill sales and business development manager Karen Mitchell, right, lends a helping hand as a section of the classroom block is lowered into place watched by Cockermouth School’s business manager Sue Bamforth

The eight-classroom building was transported in modules for workers from Aspatria contractor Roland Hill to fitting it together in one day.

Its construction began in January at Roland Hill’s warehouse and the 22 modules were transported to the school on Monday.

The block includes eight classrooms, corridors, a staircase, disabled toilets and staff room.

It had been decorated and fitted out at the warehouse with electric wiring and plumbing.

Four of the classrooms were transported to the school with fully installed IT suites.

The block will replace six classrooms in a portable building.

Sue Bamforth, the school’s business manager, added: “The module approach keeps costs down and allows for flexibility because you can add more to it in future.”

The modular construction has reduced the time for workers to be on site and allows the project to be completed in the school holidays.

The aim of the development is to bring departments together and accommodate the whole of year eight.

It will be ready for the new school year on September and was funded by Cumbria County Council.

The school is also having its 14-year-old all-weather pitch replaced at a cost of £207,365 this summer.

Half of the funding is lottery money from Sport England. The other half has been raised over 14 years from income generated by hire of the facility to local users and community clubs.

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