Friday 24th February 2017
This week our ground workers have been installing internal drainage for the toilets, sinks, kitchen etc and preparation for the concrete ground floor slab, we are hoping to start pouring the concrete floor slabs later next week. The bricklayers have started laying the substructure masonry which the floor slab and superstructure walls will sit on. The high winds this week has helped dry out the wet soils and we have started compacting structural fill to the tarmac play area.
We will be using a mobile concrete pump to move the concrete from the ready mixed concrete wagons to the floor slab, it looks like a huge steel drinking straw hinged in several places. It can be positioned so concrete can be deposited just where we want it.
Friday 10th February
Today our Year Six Directors and School Council took their first trip down to our new school site. We met members of Herefordshire Council, the design team from Quattro and the construction team from Kier. We also met Kieran the Kier mascot!
We were invited on site and kitted out in hard hats before Councillor Jonathan Lester talked about the project and thanked everyone for their involvement in this very exciting opportunity. Mrs Webb also thanked everyone involved for recognising the need for our new school and for making our dream come true!
We were interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester and were featured on the news. There were lots of photographs and we look forward to these being used in the local press.
The children were beautifully behaved and very excited - it was a very memorable and significant event. Thank you to all involved.
2nd February 2017
We have just about completed the concrete foundations despite the wet conditions this week and are currently stoning up working platforms for the mobile crane and “cherry pickers” in readiness to erect the steel frame next week. Our setting out engineers have been busy pumping and brushing rain water off the foundations so they can mark out the positions of column baseplates. The continuous rain has held up works to the playing fields as conditions are just too soft for the excavators and dumpers to move around on. We have nearly completed the site office layout which everyone is pleased to take advantage of heating in the canteen and toilets.
Next week is a good week to have a look at what is going on from the safety of the outside of the fencing as the steel frame skeleton of the building will be erected and you will get a good appreciation of the shape of the new school.