18 July 2017

Midas marks start of work on new Devon school 

Midas Construction has marked the start of a new South Devon school development with a turf cutting ceremony.

Work on the £2.9 million primary school for Loddiswell near Kingsbridge, is now under way with the firm inviting local school children, teachers and client Devon County Council to mark the start of the build.

When complete, the new school is set to include four classrooms for 150 pupils as well as a playing field and hard play area. The school replaces the former Loddiswell Primary after the new site was gifted to the local community as part of planning permission for the nearby housing development.

Andy McAdam, Divisional Director for Midas Construction in Devon and Cornwall, said: “We are looking forward to creating a new school for the Loddiswell community and for many generations of children to enjoy.

“The primary school pupils are really excited to see their new school take shape before them and we are keen to keep them, their parents and teachers as well as people living and working nearby, as involved with the development as possible.”

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: “This new school is being built as a result of excellent community cooperation in conjunction with the South Hams Federation and the county council.

“It will provide 21st century learning facilities for the children of the area and have the capacity to expand to five classes as the school grows.”

Sue Jezard, executive head of the South Hams Federation, which includes Loddiswell, Stokenham, Malborough and Modbury primaries, said: “This is a very special day, not just for the staff, governors and more importantly, the children, but also for the whole community of Loddiswell.

“The replacement school has been much anticipated.  We are very grateful to everyone who has worked tirelessly to make the impossible possible for the benefit of our children now and for many years to come, in particular, the Harvey family, who have so generously gifted the land for our new school.

“The new school will provide a purpose-built exciting environment for high quality teaching and learning.

“The community can feel that they now have a primary school that will provide an outstanding school environment; a super legacy for our future generations.”

Work by Midas, one of the UK’s largest independent construction and property services providers, is set to be complete by March 2018.

Photo Caption: Cllr Ray Radford, Chair of Devon County Council, (centre) conducted the turf cutting ceremony watched by John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, local school children and teachers and the Midas Construction team. Pic: Martyn Norsworthy

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