The views from around the school continue to establish themselves. In the next few weeks the landscape team will arrive to establish the banks and the boarders. The contractor’s bam report they are still on track to hand over the school at the end of the first week of April.
The new kitchen extractor system has been installed as have the units to support it on the roof. It took some putting in the building team explained on our latest visit. The view from the hatch into hall and from the hall into the kitchen is taking shape
Wires are bursting out in all corners of the school. White for electric, blue for the internet connections and red for the fire alarm system. Alongside them the pipes are being insulated and special heat exchangers units to help keep the school warm.
The first blue coats of the classroom feature walls have been painted and the sink units are being fitted. The toilets are being worked on and the picture shows the special low yellow sink unit base for the reception class and a pile of doors all made of sustainable wood.
Lots of the outside finishing touches are being put in place. The cream colour plaster finish of the walls as seen with Graham the site manager, the plant room doors and the structures to support the covered play areas outside the Foundation Unit and Key stage one classes.
This week sees preparations for the playground and surround hard surfaces. Careful levelling, skilful rolling and clever edging mean the space is ready for the first of the top coats of tarmac. The area outside the pre-school part of the foundation unit will be a soft play surface. The building teams are looking forward to clean surfaces round the school as it will mean most of the mud is covered up and the site will be much cleaner as the finishing touches are added.
Over the next few weeks all the children will visit the school. Bluebird class had an exciting visit this week also see their class blog for more details:
Pictures also on the bam Countess Gytha Facebook page here
These pictures catch some of the views that in a few short months will no longer be there when the building is finished. During the early part of January the West Camel Road has been reduced to one lane and traffic lights used for safety. This is allowing for the sewage pipe to be connected to the one that goes through the new housing. Coming up soon the mains electric and water will be connected along with the gas for heating and hot water boiler.
It is fascinating to see the various dedicated spaces being built. These include the toilets, corridors, library, small group rooms and the new commercial kitchen. Pictures also show what the entrances and main office look like with really welcoming hatch spaces.
As the inside of the school is emerging the outside is also coming on well. The hardstanding base for the new outdoor play spaces, playgrounds and entrances is being finalised. The warm creamy colour of the walls is also being added in the final layer of render. If you look up to the side of the hall you can see what the colour will look like.