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´Topping out´ for new school at Nansledan

By Warren Wilkins 20th February 2019

´Topping out´ for new school at Nansledan

A milestone in the development of the new primary school being built as part of Newquay’s urban expansion has been celebrated.
 
A ‘topping out’ ceremony was held to mark Skol Nansledan hitting the high-point in its construction.

Nansledan residents, prospective pre-schoolers, schoolchildren and representatives from the Duchy of Cornwall, contractor Midas Construction and Aspire Academy Trust, who will be running the school, were in attendance.

Young and old alike were invited to add their own design touches to specially-decorated roof tiles, which will feature on the finished school. Roof tiles decorated by all the schools managed by Aspire Academy Trust in Cornwall were also on display.

Steve Rosewell, the operational director at Midas, explained Skol Nansledan will consist of 14,000 concrete blocks,165 tonnes of steel, more than 600 roof rafters and 30,000 roof tiles.
The 14-classroom school is on schedule to open in September with two reception classes initially and a mixed Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 class.

It will eventually cater for around 420 children when full. The name of the school, Skol Nansledan, was unveiled by HRH the Duke of Cornwall when he visited the site last year. ‘Skol’ is Cornish for ‘school’ – fitting with the theme of Cornish names used throughout Nansledan, which mean ‘broad valley’.

Designed by Francis Robert Architects and Alan Leather Associates, the school has been co-funded by the Department for Education and is being constructed by regional contractor Midas Construction.

The focal point of the new building will be the hall at the centre, with classroom wings at either end. Other facilities will include sports pitches, outdoor play and teaching areas and allotments that will help to reinforce the sustainability ethos of Nansledan. The school will also be within easy walking and cycling distance of the whole of Nansledan to reduce car usage and encourage healthier lifestyles.

Ben Murphy, the Estate Director at the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “The topping out marks a significant milestone in the construction of Skol Nansledan and we are thrilled to see the excellent progress being made. It is a fantastic school building designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Dominic Roberts and built to a very high standard by Midas.

“The school was always going to be an important part of this thriving Nansledan community and it was important to us that we made sure it was delivered at the earliest opportunity. We are all really looking forward to it opening its doors for the first time later this year.”

Andrew Fielder, CEO of Aspire Academy Trust, said: “We are committed to providing an outstanding education at Skol Nansledan from day one.  Following an innovative STEAM curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, the children will embark upon a learning journey packed full of adventure, discovery, experience and fun.

“After all, they are the innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century and the school motto ‘Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders’ reflects this. We cannot wait to welcome our first intake of pupils in September.”

Mr Rosewell, from Midas said: “The new school is looking fantastic already and is clearly going to be a beautiful landmark for Nansledan. We’re proud to involved, to be continuing our strong relationship with the Duchy of Cornwall and to be marking this milestone in creating an excellent new facility for the children and community here.”

Nansledan mum Lucy Thomasson, who is hoping to send her son to the school when places are confirmed in the summer, added: “Right from the start my little boy has been transfixed by the busy building site and what he proudly calls ‘my school’.

“Not content with having to drive past the school every day, he asks me at least a couple of times a week to walk down and see his school. As a family, we already feel so emotionally invested in our lovely new school that I’m confident my son will feel right at home in from day one.”

Cllr Louis Gardner, whose daughter Eva is also due to start at Skol Nansledan in September, added: “It is going to be an amazing facility. The plans looked amazing and now seeing it come to fruition it is even better. I drive past every day so it is nice to see the progress being made. My daughter also likes to see the school going up, which is nice.”

Theresa Ferguson, the chairman of Nansledan Residents’ Association, said: “There is a lot of excitement about the new school and it will be a real focal point for our growing community. It’s great to have these facilities provided so early in the development of Nansledan and we can’t wait to see it open.”

Nansledan is being developed on Duchy-owned land to the east of Newquay and will eventually comprise around 4,000 homes mixed with retail, offices, workshops, green spaces and a range of community facilities. To date 257 homes have been occupied, of which 190 are open market homes and 67 are affordable.

Nansledan is being built by a consortium of South West building companies, including Wainhomes, CG Fry & Son and Morrish Builders.

By Warren Wilkins 20th February 2019

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