Our new school has come on leaps and bounds, windows are in, the zinc panelling is being fitted to the front of the building, the rooftop outside learning area is nearly complete and two sample classrooms are being prepared so that the contractors can carry out testing for building regulations.
We are working on the final plans for the outside landscaped areas and planning a special outside area at the front of the school.
You’ll have seen the secondary steel frame installed followed by cementitious board and thick layers of outer insulation set to keep the school warm in the winter, cool in the summer and environmentally friendly all year round!
The rooftop playground is in the process of being water-proofed whilst the remainder is nearly ready for installation of the solar panels.
Internally, we have partitioned the nursery, reception, year one and two spaces and will soon be partitioning the first floor classrooms. Our mechanical & electrical contractors are at the first fix stage; installing trays and conduits.
Throughout the rest of February, there’ll be more brickwork laid, windows and curtain walling installed, internal partitions fitted, roofing slabs positioned and much, much more.
The building site is now a hive of activity, the pilings are all in place and we can see the new school taking shape as the foundations are poured, the dry weather has certainly helped move things.
The very large red crane on the site is a distinct attraction and can be seen moving materials and digging machines from one part of the site to another. We have had viewing panels cut in to the hoardings in the playground so that the children can look at the work taking place and keep track of all of the changes.
Demolition work took a lot longer than expected as considerable time had to be spent breaking up the foundations of the old building. It seems that when the school was built in the 1960’s, tons and tons of concrete was poured in to fill the foundations.
As a consequence it took much longer than expected to dig out and break up and a specialised machine brought in to do the work!
Lots of internal work has been going on behind the scenes to enable the building work to progress. On 29 March 2016, demolition to the north part of the Albion building is scheduled to start. After demolition there will be a period of time sorting the debris for recycling before it can be removed from the site. We are hopeful that construction of the building can begin in the early summer.