School extension boosts Leeds with 200 new places

Hundreds of primary school places will be provided after the timely expansion of a Leeds school.

Asquith Primary School’s new building will secure 200 additional places as part of a city-wide schools expansion programme.

The new two-storey building, developed by Portakabin Group, includes eight purpose-designed classrooms, an IT hub, library and resource area, and break-out spaces.

Gillian Austerfield, Head Teacher at Asquith Primary School, said:

“We love the design of the building. The rooms are light and airy and the break-out space provides an excellent learning area. The large windows have created a bright and stimulating environment for children.”

Portakabin used a Yorkon off-site solution to assemble the building and pre-install all M&E services before delivering it on site in just 18 weeks, cutting construction time by five months.

Externally, the facility is finished in white and grey with green rendered panels and a double-height glazed entrance.

In 2013, a Local Government Association report estimated that around 4,000 additional primary school places will be needed in Leeds.

Opened in 2002, Asquith Primary School was built under the Private Finance Initiative and is managed by Carillion for for Leeds City Council.