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Design award for new school

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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THE NEW island school, which is due to be officially opened next week by Prince Charles, has won a prestigious architecture prize.

The Five Islands' school on St Mary's took the Michelmores Western Morning News Property Award for the best new building of more than £3 million.

The ceremony took place at Exeter University's Forum Building.

The award was presented by former Tory minister Michael Portillo.

Collecting the award on behalf of School Project Board, were chairman of the board Philip Hygate, as well as David Snell of construction company Kier and Tony Pollintine, of the building's designers Grainge Architects.

Mr Hygate said: "The new building is the fruition of a long-held dream of islanders to have modern, fit-for-purpose facilities."

Mike Hicks, chairman of the council, said: "This award to the school project underlines what we all feel on the islands, that we have a school building to be proud of. I hope the children, parents and staff enjoy the benefits this new building offers our children for many years to come."

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