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Disused Convent to form part of 26.5m school in Chichester

28th March 2017

Farrans is breaking new ground once again, with work now underway to redevelop the 26.5m Chichester Free School on the site of a former Carmelite Convent.

The convent will be partially refurbished in order to provide improved educational facilities for 1,280 pupils aged between 4 and 19.

Farrans has been working closely with Hunters South Architects on the project, with careful planning around the construction of both a primary school and secondary school wing around the existing convent. Multi-use games facilities and external landscaping are also included in the works.

The project, which is located an hour from Farrans’ Woking office, has already seen a number of local sub-contractors employed, as Farrans’ presence within the region continues to grow.

With site clearance now underway, this milestone has been a long time in the making for Farrans, following a number of lengthy delays in getting the job to site.

Contracts Manager, Jerome Curran, praised the determination of Sussex Educational Trust in getting the project to this stage.

“From the outset it was obvious the passion and determination from Sussex Educational Trust members to get this project to site. This was infectious and helped to focus the wider teams efforts to ensure success.

"Having been informed of the fact that there had been numerous failed attempts to get this project to site, Farrans is delighted to be part of the team that has now accomplished this. Everyone is very excited to see the project hit the ground.”