27 September 2017
Midas celebrates construction milestone at new Exeter school
A special topping out ceremony has marked the highest point in construction of a new Devon school with the blessing of a rooftop cross.
Midas Construction has been on the site of the Trinity Church of England VA Primary & Nursery School in the Newcourt area of Exeter since February.
The new Diocese of Exeter and Devon County Council primary school and nursery is set to welcome its first pupils next Easter.
The school will open in temporary accommodation for its first reception pupils this month (September), with the new school building off Vernon Crescent fully operational by Easter 2018.
At the start of the new school term this autumn, pupils will also begin fortnightly visits to the development site to see for themselves the progress that Midas is making.
Steve Rosewell, Operations Director for Midas Construction said the firm, part of the Midas Group, one of the UK’s largest independent construction and property services providers, was highly experienced in delivering new and refurbished schools across the region, completing four in Exeter alone in recent years.
He added: “As a company, Midas is proud to be delivering this important project for The Diocese of Exeter, Devon County Council and the local community. We are pleased to have reached this construction milestone and are happy with the progress being made, as we pride ourselves on our “can do” delivery culture.
“We are also committed to keeping the local community up to date with the project and are looking forward to welcoming the new school pupils for regular visits from the autumn.”
When complete, the new building will offer a welcoming space to pupils, teachers and visitors. There are also plans for it to become a central hub for the community with local groups able to use the school to host activities and events.
John Searson, Director of Education at the Diocese of Exeter, said: “We are thrilled with the progress being made on site and we look forward to welcoming the community to the opening of the completed school.
“The Diocese of Exeter is very grateful to the Newcourt Community Centre trustees for agreeing to provide an amazing temporary learning environment for our first class of pupils. We know how important this school is to the local community and we are confident that it will provide the very best learning opportunities available.”
Newly appointed Headteacher Owen Wilder, said: “It is a rare privilege to start a school from scratch and I am excited by the opportunities we have to serve the community.”
Devon County Councillor and Cabinet member for Exeter, Andrew Leadbetter, said: “This is another incredible milestone and an auspicious occasion. This area really needs a new school and I think the residents will be extremely pleased. I would like to thank the community association which has been working very hard on this and I look forward to an excellent school under an excellent headteacher.”