A NEW school is starting to take shape as Hampshire County Council (HCC) continues building work of its multi-million pound project.

Architects at the authority's Hampshire Property Services have revealed photos that show the progress of the new £9.5m East Anton South primary school.

The council said the project is part of its biggest programme of school expansions in more than 30 years, and is one of the largest school building programmes in the UK.

The programme will help to create 17,720 new school places by September 2021.

As previously reported, planning permission for the town's new primary school was granted in April 2016 for a new two form-entry single-storey primary school with associated car parking and external works at East Anton Major Development Area (MDA).

The MDA site is located to the east of Icknield Way and is divided by Smannell Road, which separates the site into a northern and southern section.

The school is set to be located within the southern part of the MDA and would occupy an area of 2.8 hectares.

It will cater to a maximum of 420 pupils and lies approximately 800 metres south of Endeavour Primary School, which was constructed in 2011 to serve the northern half of the MDA.