Excellent progress on new first school for Morpeth
27 Nov 2018 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
Teachers and students from Morpeth First School have joined county councillors and project team members to view progress on the site of the new school that they will attend from September 2019.
Work is well underway on construction of the brand new educational facility on the former fire station site, next to County Hall, which will replace the ageing ‘Goosehill’ School .
Funding of over £6m to build the new school was approved by Northumberland County Council last year. BAM Construction was appointed to build the school and work started on the site in August.
The foundations for the new building have been completed, the steel frame structure erected and work is underway on installation of internal drainage, block and beam flooring for the ground floor and metal decking and slab for the first floor.
External drainage work is also underway and an attenuation tank is being installed which will hold and store surface water before releasing it slowly into drainage channels.
Over the next couple of months, BAM will continue work on the building envelope, with windows, curtain walling and the facing brickwork to start, when the external façade of the building will start to take shape.
The new building will provide innovative teaching and learning facilities as well as external play areas and a multi-use games area. For the first time in its history the school will have its own playing fields.
The new school will also house a community room, which will be used for events both during and outside of school hours, and will have 78 parking spaces.
Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for Children’s Services said: “As a council we are committed to delivering the best possible educational environments for our young people.
“Work is well underway on our new facility for Morpeth First School and this is a fantastic step forward towards providing current and future pupils of the school with new, state of the art facilities and playing areas.”
Miss Elaine Reay, headteacher at Morpeth First School added: “Our pupils were delighted to be shown the building progress by the Project Manager on site and they have since led an assembly to show their friends photographs of the location of their new and exciting facilities.
“We are participating in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths design competition to ensure our children incorporate our new school into their curriculum learning.”
The building is due to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year in September 2019.