Northstowe News

Turf turned for first building

Bishop of Ely turns the first turf for the first building - a primary school

The Bishop of Ely turned the turf recently at a ceremony to mark the first building starting at Northstowe - a new three-form entry primary school.  The Pathfinder Church of England primary school will accommodatE the first community of homes in Northstowe. 

As this is a new and growing community, initially the school will not operate fully its three-form entry capacity.  Instead, the spaces not required will allow overflow spaces for Swavesey Village College secondary school students, as well as a range of NHS and community facilities.   So the school building is supporting the community as it grows with a variety of needs.  In years to come, when the town is further developed, the school will accept 630 students from the surrounding area.

A multitude of guests attended the turf cutting ceremony as guests of the contractor Kier including; the Bishop of Ely, representatives from the Diocese of Ely, local councillors and council officers, Atkins Global, Kier Construction, Gallagher UK and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Gallagher UK are developing phase one and are funding the delivery of the new £11m school.  The development also includes the first 1500 new homes and new employment opportunities and a local centre, in addition to leisure and community facilities. 

The first 1500 new homes will include a wide variety of homes to suit all needs and budgets including around 300 affordable homes such as social rented homes and shared ownership homes, and around 1200 homes available to buy on the open market. 

The school will be a mixture of one and two-storey steel framed buildings, constructed on a piled foundation, and clad in brickwork and rain screen cladding and is being built by Kier Construction.