Breaking the ground on a groundbreaking scheme

The first turf has been dug at the start of construction on a groundbreaking development in Northumberland.

Two new schools and a leisure centre will be incorporated into one of the biggest education and recreation schemes ever established in the county.

Northumberland County Council is funding the scheme, which is being built by Kier Construction.

A new Ponteland secondary school and new Ponteland primary school will be established there - along with leisure and cultural facilities and sports pitches.

State of the art facilities will be included in the two brand new school buildings and fantastic leisure provision will include; a swimming pool, fitness suite, community facilities, badminton courts, Clip N Climb, soft play, outdoor sports fields, a full size 3G pitch and a library.

The council also plans to build a new fire station close-by, re-providing the one which will be displaced by the scheme.

Cllr Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “I am absolutely delighted that work is underway in earnest on this landmark development and very much look forward to watching its progress.

“It will provide both first-class learning environments for students for years into the future and an amazing leisure centre which will give access to high quality sport and leisure facilities and support improvements to health and wellbeing for the whole community.”

Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction Scotland & North-East England, said: “We are delighted to be starting construction works on this exciting new development in Ponteland. Working collaboratively with Northumberland County Council, this new learning and leisure space will provide state-of-the art facilities for the community to enjoy for years to come.

“Throughout the duration of the project we will be working with local suppliers, engaging with local residents and providing updates on the development and offering training opportunities to local people as we look to showcase our interesting, diverse and rewarding industry.”

After completion of the new buildings the existing Ponteland leisure centre will be demolished and sports pitches established there.

The new schools are part of a reorganisation of the Ponteland Partnership which is seeing £52m investment in schools, including a new Darras Hall Primary.  

Work is also underway to expand the accommodation on the existing high school site, to ensure that temporary accommodation can be provided to allow additional secondary pupils to start in September 2019.

The new development is scheduled for completion by September 2020.
 
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