School building works making good progress

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Teachers and students from Morpeth First School joined county councillors and project team members to view progress on the site of the new school they will attend from September 2019.

Work is well under way on constructing the new facility at the former fire station site in Loansdean, next to County Hall, which will replace the ageing school in Goosehill.

More than £6million to fund the project 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 under way on installing the internal drainage, block and beam flooring for the ground floor and metal decking and slab for the first floor.

External drainage work is also under way and an attenuation tank is being installed that will hold and store surface water before releasing it slowly into drainage channels.

Elaine Reay, headteacher at Morpeth First School, said: “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.”

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.

Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, said: “As a council, we are committed to delivering the best possible educational environments for our young people.

“Work is well under way 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.”

The new school will also house a community room, which will be used for events both during and outside of school hours. There will be 78 parking spaces at the site.