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Housebuilder gives Leicestershire primary school’s outdoor areas a makeover

Housebuilder gives Leicestershire primary school’s outdoor areas a makeover

A community housebuilder has given a Leicestershire primary school’s outdoor play areas a makeover.

Staff from Northampton-based Cora visited St Margaret’s Primary School, in Stoke Golding, building a new P.E shed, removing the school’s aging ‘pirate ship’ play equipment, repairing a bench in the school’s storytelling area and painting all the fences and metal railings.

They were joined by staff from C3 Construction, who are helping with groundwork at Cora’s new Stoche Acre development in the village, a mix of 65 three and four-bedroom, energy efficient homes.

Vince Coetzee, senior site manager at Stoche Acre, said:

“We had people from our commercial team down there helping with the work as well as staff from the site – it was a real team effort.

“Everyone was down there doing their bit. It all went really well and has been very well received.”

Staff from Cora were at the school a month before, helping the pupils create a new biodiversity area, following a talk and workshop at the school.

Vince said the makeover project fit in perfectly with Cora’s ethos of building thriving communities, as the local primary school is often a main attraction to a village.

“It is certainly something that draws people into looking at an area,” he said.

“There are also people who move in without children who consider the school as part of their forward planning.  It fits in with the homes we build – houses families can grow into.

“Stoke Golding is such a lovely village – we popped into the Roast and Radish for lunch which was a real treat.

“We hope the pupils love what we’ve done with the makeover – it will have been a nice surprise on their return to school.”

Adam Watson, Executive Principal at the Inspiring Primaries Academies Trust, said:

"Thank you, Cora, for your unwavering support in transforming our school grounds. Your dedication and commitment to going above and beyond have created a more vibrant and inspiring environment for us all to enjoy.

“We are truly grateful for your generosity."

For more information on Cora’s Stoke Acre development, see

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