New Royds Hall Primary School gets underway
The structural framework is now up at Royds Hall Community School’s new multi-million pound primary school, which is being funded by Kirklees Council as a response to the need for additional school places in the area.
The new school will open in September 2016 and will provide an additional 420 primary school places in state-of-the-art facilities over the next five years. Over 1500 young people aged from 3 to 16 years will be taught at the all-through school by 2020.
Pupils, parents and visitors passing the site have seen the school take shape, with huge mobile cranes being used to lift the steel columns and beams of the structure, giving people a good idea of the scale of the school’s expansion as well as the location of the main facilities, such as classrooms, dining room / sports hall.
The new build will complement the existing school and is a welcome boost for the local economy, supporting apprenticeships and creating job opportunities.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning said:
“The work completed so far has marked a significant milestone in what work will be carried out in the future. The crane lifted 125 tonnes of steel, and 500 tonnes of concrete will be laid for the ground and first floor.’
“The building work is on schedule, which means we will have our new school facilities ready for September. It’s an exciting development for the whole of the area, creating local jobs and bringing investment into the town. Thirty seven tradespeople are currently on site, including apprentices. This will peak at sixty tradespeople being on site at any one time during the life of the project.’
“The new primary school will make a positive difference to many local children’s education and learning. This goes far beyond bricks and mortar. It is all about the strong relationships we have with parents, teachers and other professionals. We all share the same aspirations for our young people – and want nothing more than the very best for them. It’s essential that we invest in our young people’s future so they have the education they deserve, whilst ensuring there are enough quality school places for every child in Kirklees”.
Daniel Walsh, Senior Site Manager from BAM Construction said:
“Despite the recent weather conditions we are currently on schedule to finish on time. This is an exciting project for BAM as we really enjoy working in community settings such as schools. We have been working closely with the school, meeting students and giving site tours. We welcome the opportunity to work with children and young people and take our social responsibility of engaging young people in their career aspirations seriously – you never know who will be our future architects, builders or joiners!”
Site workers have been working closely with the school, holding special workshops with the young people talking about their future career hopes and aspirations.