hand over new £4.6m Highbridge school to county council
new £4.6m school in Highbridge was handed over to the County
Council on Friday (August 31st) ahead of its opening for the new
new 420-pupil Churchfield School in Highbridge is scheduled to
be ready for the start of the new term following a year-long construction
handover of the building and immediate external areas took place
on Friday," Somerset County Council spokeswoman Elizabeth
Kulh confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com.
added: "The whole project is on schedule and will not be
completed until mid-February 2013 for the demolition of the old
Churchfield building, and all external/landscaping works as well
as construction of the PE stores."
£4.6million, 14-classroom school has been constructed by
VINCI Construction UK and a 'topping out' ceremony was held in
January to mark the final stage of construction, which has been
underway ever since.
school's handover comes despite overcrowding
concerns first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com after the County
Council already applied for planning permission for a two-classroom
'temporary unit' to be sited besides the new building to cater
for an overspill of pupils.
Helen Groves said: "There has been no future proofing for
population expansion. It's very sad that two classes will have
to be based in a temporary unit because the new school is simply
not big enough."
Top, builders finishing work at the new school this week and,
above, how it will look when it formally opens