Cockington Academy: Education Services, Primary

The Project

The project consisted of a block of three classrooms, associated WCs and storage areas. The new build included a staff room, school hall and a state of the art kitchen.

The project also included two sections of internal re-modelling. The first section re-modelled the existing hall and entrance area to form two, new reception classrooms. The second section removed the old kitchen and converted the space into a new classroom facility.


  • Contractor required to work around the school day and term times to reduce disruption
  • Access to the site proved difficult with National Rail to one side of the boundary
  • Due to planning restrictions a Victorian culvert had to be replaced after the new foundations had been laid
  • Pollarding of trees was also a requirement, prior to the build taking place.


The £3.5m extension to Cockington Academy was overseen by the Education Team and was funded by the Government’s Basic Need Fund budget.

Additionally part of the project provided solar panels to the building, and have delivered savings against the usual power consumption.

We project managed the scheme from inception to completion. It was completed on time, within budget and to a high specification. Feedback from the school senior leadership team and pupils has been very positive.

Total Cost£3.5m
SectorEducation, Primary
LocationSouth Devon
Cockington Academy: Education Services, Primary
We are delighted with and inspired by our new building. It means that the children of Cockington Academy now have the up to date, light filled spaces that they deserve. For the first time ever, we now have a room big enough to fit the entire school in together – the first time we did this was an amazing experience. In addition, it provides this successful school with the additional space it needs, as it continues to grow and flourish in the coming years.
—Rik Meek, former Head Teacher
Clare Talbot
Head of Education Services
Telephone: 01803 208220