A newly built village school wins national award

The new Bere Regis primary school, which was completed in December 2016, has won The SPACES Civic Building of the Year award in the category of Innovation.

The school was constructed as part of Dorset County Council’s Purbeck Reorganisation programme and followed the ‘baseline design’ approach developed by the council’s Dorset Property team. Baseline design is a standardised, repeatable design that provides innovative, practical and low-cost solutions, without compromising quality. The main contractor of the project was Morgan Sindall.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:

“I am pleased with the recognition for Dorset Property working with its Children’s Services Client on the ‘baseline’ school project at Bere Regis. A product of the savings driven from the Purbeck Reorganisation and already a Bronze Considerate Constructors Award Winner.”

The 140-place primary school includes five class bases, a hall, games court, grass playing field and a pre-school facility. The previous old brick building was home to the school for over 80 years and was not large enough or appropriate for teaching today’s curriculum.

The winner was announced at an award ceremony in Cambridge last week (11 October).

See more about the work of the council’s Dorset Property team