Riseley Primary School

Sector: Education
Status: Completed September 2017

We’re building a brand new primary school in two phases at Riseley. The first phase, now completed, has created eight new classrooms on a former middle school site. It’s all part of a huge school building and development programme with Bedford Borough Council, converting their three-tier school system (lower, middle and upper) into a two-tier one (primary and secondary).

About the project

The Council commissioned us to carry out a feasibility study across its entire school portfolio, devising the best way to convert to a two-tier system and accommodate a growing population. At Riseley, it meant turning a lower school into a full primary school – which called for a new, bigger site. We’re working in partnership with Kier and Scape to deliver this.

The new build, completed in September 2017, has created spacious, modern classrooms with striking feature cladding in the school’s own colours. They’ll be used alongside the old middle school’s kitchen and hall.  To minimise disruption to the operating school, we made sure the new building was constructed during the evenings.

"Lungfish listened to our ideas and vision and were able to adapt the plans for our school to suit our needs within the budget restraints we were under. Lungfish were able to move very quickly when changes had to be made in a short space of time to enable the project to keep on track. We have been very pleased with our new build... the children have commented on how they like the big, bright airy new classrooms."
David Dyson, Headteacher, Riseley C of E Primary School