New school block on target for September

Topping out at the new teaching block at Sybil Andrews Academy. Bury St Edmunds. Mark Bailey of Barn

Topping out at the new teaching block at Sybil Andrews Academy. Bury St Edmunds. Mark Bailey of Barnes Construction, Gary Knight of Concertus and headteacher Trenica King Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The headteacher of Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds took part in a topping out ceremony to mark a milestone in the construction of two new teaching blocks.

Trenica King donned a hard hat and took part in a topping out ceremony to mark a milestone in the construction of two new teaching blocks at the school.

The same construction team that built Sybil Andrews Academy in 2016 has returned to the high school, on the Moreton Hall estate.

Barnes Construction is the main contractor for the latest scheme which will provide additional classrooms, staff rooms and break-out areas for the school.

The contract also incorporates an expansion to the previously completed external sports facilities to include an additional multi use games area.


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Concertus Design and Property Consultants is project managing the build on behalf of the client, Suffolk County Council, as well as providing a multi-disciplinary design service.

Ms King said: “It is very exciting to watch the new teaching blocks take shape as we prepare to welcome more young students to the school.”

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Mark Bailey, of Barnes Construction, added: “It is great to be back helping the academy further expand their facilities.

“Work is progressing well, and the team is working hard to ensure that the first block is up and ready by September.”

Now the roof is complete, and the building is watertight, work will start in earnest on the internal aspects of the first block.

Then, when finished in the summer, the team will move onto to start construction of the second teaching block which is due to be completed in spring 2020.

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