Scheme making good progress

A major milestone in the development of new learning and leisure facilities in Ponteland was recently reached when the final ‘bolts’ were tightened in the steel frame.

Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 7:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 5:22 pm
Coun Wayne Daley and other project representatives with students from Ponteland Primary School and Ponteland High School. Picture by Helen Smith.

Kier joined guests from Northumberland County Council, Active Northumberland, Ponteland Primary School and Ponteland High School to witness the completion of the steel frame for the new development.

Project partners were asked to ceremonially tighten the final bolts of the £43million initiative that includes building two new schools and leisure facilities that will serve Ponteland and surrounding communities.

Having passed the half-way point, the completion of the structural steel frame is a major milestone in the construction of these much-anticipated facilities.

With the installation of the precast concrete components also complete and the installation of the structural slabs well under way, the project is on track for its completion in summer 2020.

Coun Wayne Daley, the county council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It was great to visit the site for this significant milestone in what is one of the largest developments ever delivered by Northumberland County Council.

“It will provide two fantastic new schools plus state-of-the-art leisure and community and sports facilities, which I am sure the people of Ponteland and surrounding communities will love.”

Phil McDowell, operations director of Kier Regional Building North East England, said: “We are delighted to be marking this major milestone in the delivery of these fantastic facilities for the community in Ponteland.

“We are working closely with our project partners to ensure these facilities open as planned in summer 2020 and benefit the community and young people for years to come.”

Leisure charity Active Northumberland will manage the leisure centre aspects of the project once complete.

This will also include a soft play area, clip ‘n’ climb activity centre and a library and café.