10 July 2019
Topping Out Celebrations At South Gloucestershire School
Work to transform a South Gloucestershire school for the benefit of generations of children is well underway, as Midas marked the highest point of construction with a topping out ceremony.
The multi-million pound scheme for Watermore Primary School in Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol, will include 14 classrooms, a school hall and kitchen, along with a relocated football pitch, two multi-use play spaces and new car parking.
The existing school is still occupied while the new school is constructed and, when complete, the former school building will be demolished to make way for the upgraded outdoor facilities.
Midas Construction aims to hand over the new school to staff and pupils by the end of the year with work due to be completed on both phases by next summer.
Derek Quinn, Executive Director at Midas Construction, said: “We are pleased to be marking the highest point of the development with the team working hard to deliver a high quality, much anticipated school for this community.
“We have worked closely alongside the school and South Gloucestershire Council to deliver the best possible school for the community while keeping pupils and staff constantly up to date with progress. We have enjoyed more than 20 visits from pupils to look around the site so far and have also attended assemblies to give updates about our progress on site.”
He added that the children decorated the hoardings surrounding the new school site and their colourful creations along the themes of friendship, respect, honesty, responsibility, perseverance and caring have seen the project win the Ivor’s Choice Award in the national Ivor Goodsite’s Hoarding Competition, part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
As part of the Bristol-based company’s commitment to give back to the communities it lives and works in, the team is pleased to be able to further support its strong local supply chain through this development.
Derek added: “A total of 90% of the subcontractors involved with the development are based within a 30 mile radius of the school and we have also employed a forklift driver and gatesman from the area after advertising the jobs locally.
“Our passion to support the continued growth of our sector by helping people locally to take on a range of new opportunities in the job market has also had a positive knock-on effect by bringing further skills and investment to the area.”
This project continues Midas’ strong track record in the education, further and higher education sectors with the Group having delivered more than 60 education projects worth in excess of £250 million in the last five years, including primary, secondary and specialist schools as well as universities and colleges.