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Pupils paint their school to celebrate new build

The 420-place academy will have 15 classrooms, a specialist unit for children with autism and a 26-place nursery

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 29, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

Local school children have taken time out of the classroom to don hard hats and be the first to paint the walls of the Bluecoat Academy Primary School on Harvey Road in Bilborough.

The event, hosted by main contractor, Wates Construction, was held to celebrate the completion of a major stage of the £5.7m project just eight months after Wates began building work.

Teachers and students were invited to paint the first brush strokes on the internal walls and were given a preview tour of the new build to see how the school was taking shape.

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council, the 420-place academy will include 15 classrooms, a hall, a playground, break-out areas, small group rooms, a specialist unit for children with autism and a 26-place nursery.

The milestone follows the launch of its ‘Adopt a School’ mentoring initiative at the academy, which will see Wates stage a series of work-based learning activities for pupils, and support the school with career talks and mock interviews.

Programme activities already scheduled to take place include team-building exercises with year seven students, career workshops with year 10 pupils and ‘Green Living’ sessions on reducing the environmental impact of building sites.

The project at Bluecoat Academy was procured through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) framework, which is managed by Scape Group, and aims to improve the procurement and delivery of building works for public sector bodies. 

It is vital to involve the children in the delivery of this exceptional project, giving them the opportunity to see their school taking shape - John Carlin, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction Midlands

John Carlin, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction Midlands, said: “The ceremony at Bluecoat Academy enabled us to showcase the fantastic progress that the team has made since building work began in February. It is vital to involve the children in the delivery of this exceptional project, giving them the opportunity to see their school taking shape. It was a great way to build their excitement as we enter the final stages of the build ahead of the school opening in January next year. 

Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great to see that pupils at Bluecoat Academy have had the chance to play their part in the construction phase of their new school.

“Investment in our schools is crucial and the council is committed to ensuring that every child in Nottingham has access to a good school place. We have been taking action for several years to ensure that there are enough primary school places to meet the current and future demand. Nottingham City Council has invested more than £40 million in local schools in recent years to build new facilities and to expand and improve existing school buildings. 

“More than 92% of children in Nottingham City were offered a place at their first or second-choice primary school in 2016, up 2% on last year. Nearly 87% started at their first-choice school this month, while 6% got their second choice. This year we were able to offer every Nottingham child a school place and expansion projects like Bluecoat Primary mean we can ensure every child has a place in the years to come.”

Headteacher, Sue-Ellen Shaw, said: “We have all been admiring the progress of the new building week-by-week. This was a fantastic opportunity for staff and pupils to have a look inside and help to create the marvellous environment that we are all looking forward to moving into very soon.”

Wates started work on the project in February 2016 and completed the steel frame in June. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of this year, with the school due to open in January 2017.

 

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