Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Great Cornard: Work starts on new Thomas Gainsborough School building

PUBLISHED: 08:04 24 June 2014 | UPDATED: 08:04 24 June 2014

PupilsSevrina Morrison-Rice, Sean Richardson and Grace Dove mark the start of the building work for the new Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard.

PupilsSevrina Morrison-Rice, Sean Richardson and Grace Dove mark the start of the building work for the new Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard.

Archant

Work has started on a multi-million pound scheme to create a new four-storey secondary school building in west Suffolk.

The current Thomas Gainsborough School complex in Great Cornard, which was built in the 1970s, will eventually be bulldozed and replaced with the new high-tech 9,124sqm teaching block.

When complete, it will accommodate, 1400 pupils – 150 more than at present.

Thomas Gainsborough, formerly known as Great Cornard Upper School, is the latest to be rebuilt under the Government’s £2.4 billion priority school building programme, which aims to replace 261 of the most run down schools across the country. Work has already started on 34, including the Cornard site.

At a turf-cutting ceremony yesterday, headteacher Wayne Lloyd said he was delighted that construction work was underway already.

He added: “We are very excited by the design of the building and believe it will provide an outstanding learning environment, not only for the current students but also to provide for the needs of learners long into the future.”

The current sprawling mass of tired grey concrete buildings will be replaced with a single energy efficient red brick building, which developer Kier Construction has described as resembling a “country house in its own parkland”. The company expects to complete the rebuild by August 2015.

Operations director, Nick Bache, said: “I am sure the new facility will allow pupils at the school to achieve their full potential and we look forward to working with all stakeholders during the construction period.”

The only current buildings that will remain on the site once the project is finished are the library and the sports hall. There will also be a new nine-a-side football pitch.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Comedian and panel-show regular Ó Briain is among the latest acts to be announced for this year’s Latitude Festival.

Drivers are being urged to take extra caution on the roads this morning, with heavy fog across parts of the East of England.

Former Colchester Borough Council employee Frank Fenning was struck by a trailer which a farmer had not properly attached to a tractor, a court heard.

Agency consultants at Ipswich Hospital are being paid up to £126 per hour to fill gaps in the rota, it has been revealed.

There have been two incidents on Suffolk’s roads this morning (March 28).

Two would-be robbers travelled 200 miles to Ipswich to give an Upper Orwell Street shopkeeper a “telling off”, a court heard.

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing Suffolk man – who has not been seen for five days.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24