With the favourable weather the BAM team have made solid progress on laying out the school site. This has included concreting the main foundations of the school building, rolling out the hard standing for the main car park and entrances. This hard standing will be finished in the next couple of weeks and will then house the portacabins and facilities to support the building team.
This week also saw a number of meetings. These included an update to the school governor’s steering group on how the build is going and a special meeting of the Parish Council to review aspects of the building of the new school, such as the planting scheme, outside lighting and materials. The Parish Council have agreed a number of points they wish to make to the planning officer re the next stage of the build.
Coming up soon is the turf cutting ceremony and look out for the steel frame of the school going up.
Busy first week sees lots of landscaping and levelling on the new primary school site in Queen Camel with a great pile of top soil moved to one end of the site off the West Camel Road opposite the local doctor’s surgery ready to be put back for the school playing field and garden areas. Do pop down and have a look.
Monday the 8th June saw the building firm BAM move onto site and the landscaping begin. Graham Holt (Project manager) and Clive James (Site manager) said they will be busy setting up over the first few weeks then the build should settle down.
BAM have set up a Facebook page which you can see if you search on: BAM – New Countess Gytha Primary School. This has some interesting pictures of what the school will be looking like.
Monday also saw the Parish Council meeting discussing the refinement planning applications re the new school covering things like the tree planting, external surfaces and lighting. If you would like to see the planning details go to the Somerset Planning page at:
and search on application reference: 14/04945/R3C. You will see 8 refinements to the planning application and can view the associated documents the most interesting for me being: 1444 – Planning Conditions Report – RevA.pdf which sets out the 8 areas.
The earth on the site was piling up on Monday afternoon. I commented to Graham and Clive that I could do with some of that soil for my garden and their reply “You are not the first to ask that today, however we will need it all for the new school playing field.”