Construction firm awarded contract for new primary school and health hub in Milton Keynes East expansion area

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    A brand new primary school and community health hub will be built in the MK East expansion area ahead of the construction of 5,000 new homes.

    A £24 million design and build contract has been awarded to Ashe Construction to build a new primary school and community hub as part of Milton Keynes City Council's MK East development plans.

    Outline planning permission was granted back in 2021 to build Milton Keynes' largest new housing and employment area since 2007, just off junction 14 of the M1.

    The primary school, valued at around £14.5m, will provide 39 nursery places and 630 primary places with 21 classrooms and two halls. According to plans, the primary school will remain unoccupied for around 18 months prior to use, with the city council aiming to have the infrastructure in place ahead of families moving in.

    The primary school will be the first part of a future all-through school, with a secondary school also set to be built approximately 250m across the road in the future.

    A community health hub, valued at £9.5m, will also be constructed as part of the project - offering primary care, community health and other community-based services.

    The building will see a community use hall, offices, meeting rooms and children’s centre.

    Ian Robbins Ashe Construction’s managing director said: “We are very experienced in creating modern education and health facilities and this prestigious project will provide the focal point of a brand-new community. We are excited to be playing our part in delivering high quality facilities that will stand the test of time, for the families who will make the area their home for many years to come.”

    Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at MK Council said: “We’re excited to have taken the first major step in this process.  The new school will be the first planned primary to be built in the area and we expect it to become an all-through school, providing 630 pupil places and 39 nursery places to an exciting new community. 

    "This means no stressful transitions for children as they remain there for both primary and secondary education.  With an all-through school, the parents get to build a really strong relationship with the school over that period.”

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