Expansion works at Hillmorton primary school have now begun as the school undergoes a major extension by midlands contractor Ashe Construction.

The £2.1 million scheme to expand the school on Watts Lane will include a further seven classrooms, which will double the school capacity in time for the start of the academic year in September 2017.

The new extension will be connected to the existing building and will allow the primary school to become a two form entry school and give the building a much needed refurbishment.

Head teacher at Hillmorton primary school, Catherine Crisp, commented: “We’re so glad that works have officially started on the school and can’t wait to see the finished project. The demand for more school spaces has been growing year on year and the new extension will enable us to meet the needs of the community we serve.”

Partnerships director at Ashe construction, Sheridan McKnight, said: “This significant project will be split into two phases; phase one will see the addition of two new classrooms and phase two will include the development of a two storey unit with five new classrooms. The refurbishment will create a bright and engaging working environment for the primary pupils and benefit thousands of students for years to come.”

Ashe Construction will be working in conjunction with Pick Everard, an independent management, design and construction consultancy, and the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) on the year-long school project.

Eempa, which is managed by Scape Group works in partnership with a number of local authorities and partners to deliver public sector projects on time and to budget.

Ian Towlson, regional frameworks manager for empa, added: “This is one of a number of school projects we are delivering in Warwickshire as we help the council meet the growing demand for school spaces. It’s a substantial project and we look forward to pupils enjoying their new school surroundings next year.”