Triton Construction has secured a contract worth £2 million to build a new extension at Penistone Grammar School in Barnsley.

The overall investment by the local authority was for a two-phase project:

  1. Internal re-modelling that was completed in October 2018 to enable an additional 50 year 7 students to be accommodated in the 2018/19 academic year and as part of the long-term plan to accommodate a further 50 students year on year.
  2. A new two storey extension building linked by a walkway to the main school which will include six new classrooms, two science labs, toilets, staff work spaces and new IT offices. It will facilitate demand for places as part of the long-term plan allowing an additional intake of 50 new students per year, over five years (250 in total), taking the total number of aged 11 – 16 students to 1,600.

Councillor Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “The investment the council has made in this project meets our Town Spirit ethos – Achieve it, and reinforces our commitment to provide the right quantity and the very best quality of school places to help every child achieve their potential.

“The additional places at Penistone Grammar will be a huge benefit to the borough and will add much-needed resource to a well-performing school.”

Paul Crook, Principal at Penistone Grammar said, “We are pleased to be working with the team at Triton to deliver a fantastic new, state of the art facility for our students and staff.  This represents a very exciting time for the school. The school is really going from strength to strength.

“Triton have worked closely with the school to ensure there is minimal disruption to our students learning. In fact, the project will add value to the learning experiences of our young people, specifically those studying technology-based subjects who will engage with Triton for a first-hand experience.”

Triton is working alongside AA Projects as Project Manager, Principal Designer and Quantity Surveyor on the project.  It has already started preparation works on site and will be working within a live environment for approximately 44 weeks until the project completes in Spring 2020.

Ian Chapman Construction Director at Triton Construction said, “We are pleased to secure this contract and assist the expansion of Penistone Grammar which is evidently a high-performing school. 

“The project is interesting due to its conservation requirements and we will be moving two pieces of stonework that were the gateposts to the original school in 1392 to the front of the building.  A stone bath from the original workhouse will also be moved into the centre of Penistone Grammar School for heritage purposes and we need to be mindful of trees on the estate which are under preservation orders and will be planting more as part of the associated landscaping. The new building will also have a Sedum roof to bring a whole host of benefits to the building and the local environment.”

Triton Construction has extensive experience in all areas of the education sector with ongoing new build school projects in Wakefield & Bolton. Recent project completions including a new library and further refurbishments for Leeds College of Music, a £2.3 million High Needs Vocational Centre for Shipley College, a £3.5 million science block and state of the art learning link for Bradford Grammar School and a £4 million transformation of a derelict building to house Norfolk Park Special School in Sheffield.