Northamptonshire based Watson & Cox Construction are working in partnership with Hardingstone Academy


Northamptonshire based Watson & Cox Construction are working in partnership with Hardingstone Primary School.

Watson & Cox started trading as Building Contractors in Rushden, Northamptonshire in 1971 and after sustained growth they moved to their present Head Office at Park Farm, Wellingborough in 1984.

Over the years they have delivered high quality customer focused services to public and private sector clients and with their management expertise have developed an extensive portfolio across principal market sectors including a focus on education.

“Watson & Cox are very pleased to be working locally again with Northants County Council and Hardingstone School on this project, which is our first under the new NCC / LGSS Construction Framework.”

The work with Hardingstone Primary consists of a new reception extension and a two storey, 8 classroom extension to the existing school complete with Senco room and group areas.

Internal modifications and refurbishment have also been undertaken during the summer holiday to the existing school building alongside construction of 2 new Carparks complete with onsite attenuation tanks.

“Watson & Cox are very pleased to be working locally again with Northants County Council and Hardingstone School on this project, which is our first under the new NCC / LGSS Construction Framework.” Said Bill Gardiner, Managing Director of Watson & Cox.

“We believe that the ‘localism’ aspect is seen to be shining through on this project and is contributing to the good and collaborative working relationships between all parties involved. We are working closely with the school so as to understand their way of functioning in order to make the construction experience a learning process for them rather than a disruptive one.”

Works are progressing on programme with Reception and car parks completed and handed back to the client along with the internal remodelling. The Classroom Block has the Steel frame erected with both ground floor block and beam and first floor composite deck now completed, with the SFS Framing, Brickwork and Roof deck elements due to start imminently.

“Hardingstone Academy has recently gone through a challenging process in the form of school improvement and a recent request by Northampton Borough Council to expand to two forms of entry.” said Zoe McIntyre the Principal of Hardingstone. “Since the summer of 2016 Watson and Cox have led the expansion, providing the school with the Site Manager, Steve Connelly who has been professional in all aspects of his approach, has provided local residents with information and most importantly has informed the children of Hardingstone

Academy, teaching them about construction and building site safety, through class sessions and a whole school assembly.”